Mohammed from Iraq doesn’t speak at all about his time in the torture camps or the 48 pieces of shrapnel scattered across his arms and legs. He will not talk about his children that are no longer with him. When he arrived in Jordan, he would not leave his small apartment, not even for groceries. Eventually he went out and began to walk on the streets, mostly out of desperation for aid. He found a job at a small shop, but he was quickly let go when a young Syrian took his spot for far less pay. That is when Mohammed found Keystone, a project providing fitness and social support for refugee men.
When he arrived, this large man looked tired and withdrawn. He would sit and listen to the topics discussed, but he rarely spoke up. Before long, he started smiling and laughing, and he would be excited to be the first man to arrive at the Keystone session. He prefers what Keystone does for him rather than the psychologist provided by UNHCR.
The pain of what happened to Mohammed and his family will not disappear, but he is living again, and he is hopeful to return to Iraq one day. He credits Keystone for opening the way for his heart to live again