The 16th of June, celebrated as the international day of the African child, is an opportunity to reflect on the important progress that has been made for children in Africa. It is also a day to recognise the injustices and challenges that many African children still face.
Shahed, 12, is from Mosul. On 9 March 2017, she and her family were caught in the middle of fierce fighting. Shahed was seriously injured and doctors amputated her leg. She now lives with her father, brothers and sisters in Khazer displaced people’s camp, in Iraq. One of Handicap International’s teams is providing her with physiotherapy care and psychological support.
Molham had just turned 9 years old when he was injured by a stray bullet in Homs, Syria. In 2014, his family fled the fighting and took refuge in Jordan. Handicap International provides the young boy with rehabilitation care and psychosocial support.
Last April, Sarah and her father were injured in an explosion in Mosul, after being used as human shields. Sarah suffers from a fracture and is now convalescing in Hamdanyiah hospital. One of Handicap International’s physiotherapists pays her regular visits to help her recover from her injury.
Mohamad is 9 years old. In February 2014, his leg was amputated after he was injured in a bombing in Syria. Now a refugee in Jordan with his family, he has been fitted with a prosthesis and receives rehabilitation care from Handicap International (HI).
Salam is a 7-year-old girl from Syria. In autumn 2015, she was injured by an explosive remnant of war and rushed to a hospital in Jordan, where doctors amputated her left leg and part of her right foot. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has fitted her with a prosthesis and now provides her with regular physiotherapy care.
Pushpak Newar is a physiotherapist who has worked for Handicap International for the past 10 years. After implementing development and emergency projects in Nepal, he now coordinates the organisation’s rehabilitation activities in Iraq.
In April, Jeff Meer, Executive Director of Handicap International US, travelled to Mali. He met with Kouyate, a father caring for seven children, three of whom live with physical disabilities. In this personal testimony, Jeff describes the difficulties faced by Kouyate and his family and the hope that Handicap International offers
The Iraqi armed forces announced the launch of the final phase of their offensive to retake the city of Mosul in Iraq.  Since the start of this military operation in October 2016, overhalf a million people  have fled the city. Nearly 200,000 people are still trapped by the fighting  and may flee in the coming days, a situation viewed as highly alarming by Handicap International.
After Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew on 4 October 2016, affecting thousands of people, Handicap International’s physiotherapists were called on to provide assistance to the injured. More than 240 people were given rehabilitation care by Handicap International. Carole and Lorestal, two of the hurricane’s victims, tell us about their experiences.
On the 21st of March 2017, Baker was injured in an air attack in the west of Mosul. After having both of his legs amputated, he is now recovering in a hospital on the outskirts of the city. Handicap International is providing him with physiotherapy care and psychosocial support.
Abdel Hamid, 11, is from Mosul, Iraq. On the 19th of March, he was caught in a bomb attack that left him with a fractured hip. Rushed to hospital, he now receives daily physiotherapy care from a Handicap International team.
In April 2017, Ali and his family were used as human shields in Mosul. Caught in a bombing, Ali was severely injured and his two parents and brother were killed. The young boy is currently being treated at a hospital located south of Mosul. His aunt and uncle are taking care of him and a physiotherapist from Handicap International is providing them with advice on how to ease and speed Ali’s recovery.
Last April, Baraa caugt fire and now suffers from burns over half of his body. Since then, the 9-year-old boy has been recovering from his injuries in Qayyarah hospital (south of Mosul), where he receives rehabilitation care from one of Handicap International’s physiotherapists.