Domestic: Journey of Hope
Muhammed Hussein was shot in the face in Baghdad by a group of militants. The wound left the two-year-old in critical condition. The organization, "Healing the Children," helped arrange for Muhammed 's passage to America, hoping to save the sight in his one remaining eye, and to transform his misshapen face. In May 2006, Muhammed made the journey, with his grandmother by his side, from his war-torn neighborhood in Iraq to the home of a wealthy, Christian family that felt called to help. The boy is still living with the family, adjusting to another world, and waiting for his surgeries before returning home.
Photographers Note: May 2007 - This project is still ongoing. It has taken over a year for elite facial-cranial doctors to determine how to best approach reconstructing Muhammed's face.
© 2006-2007 Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times