Twelve-year-old Zakarya is the eighth child of a poor family who live in a small village in northern Yemen. His life changed dramatically when he was injured in a rocket attack and doctors had to amputate his left leg.
At the start of the war in Syria, Hussein and his family left their home town to take refuge in Jordan. In the last few years, the head of the household has suffered from a series of medical complications. Thanks to HI's partnership with a local rehabilitation centre, the arthritis he suffers from in his knee is now managed by a team of physiotherapists.
Six months ago, 17-year-old Salim was hit by a bomb as he worked in a grocery store near Hudaydah. He was amputated below the knee in the city’s hospital. The experience left him shocked and anxious. Could he live with just one leg? How would he support his family? Would he be able to go back to school?
One day when he was back in Syria, Ibrahim heard gunfire close to where he was standing. He ran away in the opposite direction; right to the site where the bombs landed. Injured by a shrapnel wound to the leg, Ibrahim was transferred to Jordan where he was amputated. HI then fitted him with a prosthesis.
The conflict in Yemen is about to enter its fifth year. Wave upon wave of casualties continue to arrive in the country’s health facilities. HI runs rehabilitation programmes in six hospitals and two specialised centres in Sana'a. Like all teams working under conflict conditions, they need to take into account the following factors:
Maud Bellon, the director of HI’s operations in Yemen, describes the situation in Sana'a, where the organisation is based and provides humanitarian response.
HI works in eight health centres and hospitals in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, where it provides rehabilitation care and psychological support, and distributes mobility aids such as crutches and wheelchairs. The conflict and the blockade imposed in November 2017 by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition are having a devastating impact on the population. Maud Bellon, the director of HI's programmes in Yemen, describes the situation.
HI will attend the Paris Peace Forum from 11 to 13 November to advance its campaign against the bombing of populated areas. We talked to Baptiste Chapuis, HI’s Disarmament Advocacy Officer, about what the organisation aims to achieve at this international meeting.
On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, affecting more than 15 million people. 5 years later, HI is still supporting Haiyan victims.
Anowar's family lives in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. In December 2017, Anowar lost his right leg in a road accident. Thanks to HI's support, he receives rehabilitation care and psychological support and now goes to school.
To coincide with the 71st session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), HI is calling attention to the fact that women with disabilities around the world are almost ten times more likely to experience sexual violence.
With financial help from HI, more than 1,500 people helped clear roads blocked by debris from Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines.
Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr. wants to draw public attention to the need to help make schools accessible to children with disabilities.
The impact of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia continues to be felt. Liquefaction has engulfed entire villages, leaving more than 10,000 people injured and 800 missing.
A powerful earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the centre of the Indonesian archipelago on 28 September, killing more than 1,400 people and injuring more than 2,500. HI, which sent a support team of experts to Indonesia, is coordinating its response with local organisations.