Palestinian Child, Hamad al-Nairab 12, sent
a letter invited him to vist the children of Rafah Refuge Camp.
Hamad, who lost his leg during an Israeli attack, expressed his sorrow
that he will be unable to see Ronaldo because of the Israeli checkpoints.
Hamad, who had a dream to be the Ronaldo of Palestine, "begged" Ronaldo
to visit Rafah and to see how much the people love him there.
The full text of the letter:
My name is Hamad al-Nairab, I am 12-year-old, live in the Refugee Camp
of al-Shabboura in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. I like
football very much, and love you very much. I am one of the supporters
of the Brazilian football team.
Everyday, I watch football matches on TV to see you while playing
I used to play football in our quarter. I used to wear the yellow shirt
with number 9. I hoped to visit Brazil to see you there, play with you
and to take picture with you.
I had a dream to be older and older and to become a famous professional
footballer like you, I had a dream to be the Ronaldo of Palestine.
A year ago, I can not play football because I lost my left leg. On May
19, 2004, me and my friends participated in a peaceful march in Rafah.
The Israeli helicopters hit us with missiles. A lot of friends were
killed and others wounded. On that day, I lost my leg and my dreams dead.
No more playing football.
I was so pleased and surprised when I heard that you are visiting our
homeland Palestine. But, unfortunately, I will be not able to see you
because of the Israeli checkpoints and my health condition.
All of my friends love you so much, and love football, they hope just to
see you even for seconds. Seeing you is one of their big dreams.
I invite you to visit Rafah and beg you to agree, to award me the
opportunity to shake hand with you and to take pictures with you. And to
see how much the people here love you. All of them talk about you and
about your visit.
I hope you will not disappoint the children of Rafah and all the people
here who love you.
We are waiting for you,
Al-Shaboura refugee Camp, Rafah, Palestine
The full story of Hamad is on the following link: