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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776
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Israel Raises Funds to Treat Ethiopian Boy Mauled by Hyena

A U.S. Jewish doctor in Ethiopia came across a boy whose life is threatened after an attack by a wild hyena. Muslims, Bedouin and Jews now are pitching in to save his life.
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Israel is hoping to save the life if this eight-year-old Ethiopian Muslim boy, mauled by a hyena, that killed five people in an attack on a village

Israel is hoping to save the life if this eight-year-old Ethiopian Muslim boy, mauled by a hyena, that killed five people in an attack on a village
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Israeli officials have joined international efforts to save an 8-year-old boy who was mauled by a wild hyena in Ethiopia.

Bedouin-Israeli diplomat Ismail Khaldi and Israel’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Belaynesh Zevadia, are spearheading a campaign for contributions for bringing Abdul Razek to the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.

Five months ago, the hyena attacked Abdul’s village, killing five and injuring 15. Abdul suffered severe head, scalp and eye injuries, and lost one of his ears. The estimated cost of the operation is $40,000.

With most of the money raised, it is expected the boy could come to Israel by the end of the week.

Dr. Rick Hodes of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is on a mission in Ethiopia and interceded with the hospital on behalf of the child.

JTA

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