Go to main content
 
 

« I am in too much pain »

Emergency
Bangladesh

Zibon Sona is an 80 year old widow. She was forced to leave Myanmar in September 2017 and has sought refuge in an improvised refugee camp in Bangladesh. Due to a physical disability, she is unable to move from her tarpaulin shelter and is reliant on her daughter for basic care.  

Portrait of Zibon Sona | © Reiza Dejito / HI

“I lie alone under this tent all day long. My whole body is in pain and we are hungry all of the time. My daughter is trying to care for me but she has to look after the rest of the family. She has to leave me here to go and find food and clean water. I can’t wash myself or go to the toilets on my own, so I am trapped.”

Handicap International’s (HI) assessment team can see that Zibon needs extensive physical rehabilitation and medical support to regain some independence. She has not yet been to the hospital as the family cannot pay for transport. HI will ensure that she receives the care she needs.

HI in Bangladesh

Since the 30th of August, HI has helped more than 10,000 refugees:

  • Interviews with 3,000 people to establish their immediate needs.
  • Emergency psychological support provided to 2,000 people.
  • 400 physical rehabilitation sessions conducted and 160 mobility aids (wheelchairs, crutches etc.) distributed.
  • Psychosocial support given to 300 adults and 350 children. 
Where your
support
helps

PRESS CONTACT

CANADA

Gabriel PERRIAU

USA

Mica BEVINGTON

 

Help them
concretely

To go further

«I heard Moïse crying under the rubble...»
© Davide Preti/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

«I heard Moïse crying under the rubble...»

Moïse was four years old when he lost his left leg in the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010.

Haiti: 10 years after the earthquake
© Davide Preti/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Haiti: 10 years after the earthquake

Haiti has not been spared in the last 10 years. A devastating earthquake in 2010 followed by a powerful hurricane in 2016 has compounded serious political instability that continues to paralyse the country today. In 2010, HI deployed one of its largest humanitarian aid operations in Haiti. It still makes a major contribution today to strengthening the local physical rehabilitation network.  

Climate change: a major threat to the most vulnerable
© Jéthro-Claudel Pierre Jeanty/HI
Emergency

Climate change: a major threat to the most vulnerable

HI under pressure due to increase in climate-related disasters.