One of the 32 Brazilians rescued from the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Abuhaloub, who would come to Novo Hamburgo, chose to accompany other repatriates and go to a shelter in the state of São Paulo, whose address was not disclosed by the Federal Government. According to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, he received guidance and, upon learning how the reception location works, changed his mind about returning to Rio Grande do Sul.
Mahmoud explained to President Lula that the body is rested, but the mind and heart are still focused on family and friends who are in the Gaza Strip
Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/Presidency of the Republic
Abuhaloub arrived in the country on Monday night (13) and stayed at the Brasília Air Base Hotel (DF), where he received psychological and medical care and was able to regularize his immigration documents.
Of the total, 28 stayed at the hotel and four were sent to the home of family members who live in Brasília. A group of 26 people, including Abuhaloub, left on the FAB flight, at 10 am this Wednesday (15), from Brasília to Guarulhos (SP). 14 of them go to the shelter and 12 go to family homes. Two other people are going to Florianópolis (SC), on a commercial flight.
“Fear is always with you”, he said when welcomed by Lula
The returnee was welcomed by President Lula. Upon arrival, he spoke about the tense moments he experienced being in the midst of the conflict between Hamas and Israel. “I will first talk about the situation in the Gaza Strip. It was terrible. Fear is always with you. When sleeping, when awake, when walking on the street. There is no safe place. Not just with us, with our families, with everything”, he said .
Abuhaloub would come to Novo Hamburgo because he has a son in the city. In the region, he has worked as an app driver since 2019, as stated in his professional profile on the social network LinkedIn.
Despite already being safe, the returnee admits that he remains distressed by the situation in the Middle East. “His body is already relaxed, but his mind and heart are not. I still have brothers, nephews staying. I’m worried about that.”