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“I’m determined to regain my former life”

Iraq

Last April, Hameed was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and his leg had to be amputated. For the last few weeks, he has been recovering from his injuries in Qayyarah hospital. Since his amputation, one of Handicap International’s physiotherapists has been helping him adapt to his new condition.  

 

Hameed in the HI room at Qayyarah hospital. | © E. Fourt / Handicap International

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Interview with Laurie Druelle, Head of Partnerships for Armed Violence Reduction
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Explosive weapons

Interview with Laurie Druelle, Head of Partnerships for Armed Violence Reduction

Laurie Druelle is in charge of partnerships for Armed Violence Reduction. Having joined HI in March 2019, Laurie has since supervised risk education activities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Fresh back from Iraq, we asked her a few questions.

 Western Mosul: ghost town
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Emergency Rehabilitation

Western Mosul: ghost town

Between October 2016 and July 2017, Mosul, in Nineveh province, was the scene of heavy fighting. The intensive use of explosive weapons such as bombs and improvised mines was particularly destructive in the western half of the city. More than 500,000 people are still displaced in camps.

 

The deadly legacy of war in Iraq
©Oriane van den Broeck / HI
Explosive weapons

The deadly legacy of war in Iraq

Humanity and Inclusion is currently clearing weapons in areas of Iraq contaminated during the recent conflict with the Islamic State group and the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.