(JTA) — Israeli officials joined international efforts to save an 8-year-old boy who was mauled by a wild hyena in Ethiopia.
Contributions are being collected so Abdul Razek can be brought to the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.
With most of the money raised, it is expected the boy could come to Israel by the end of the week.
Bedouin-Israeli diplomat Ismail Khaldi and Israel’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Belaynesh Zevadia, are spearheading the campaign.
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.
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.