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“The day he was born, the doctors told us he’d been starved of oxygen during birth and some of his motor functions had been affected,” Ali’s older sister, Reham explains of her four-year-old brother who has cerebral palsy. “Then and there I decided I would do everything I could to help him. I’m usually the one who comes with him to his rehabilitation sessions.”
Since this summer, Ali has been attending physical therapy sessions at one of our partner’s rehabilitation centers in Zarqa, Jordan with the support of HI’s team. Manal, a physical therapist with HI starts a new session with Ali in the rehabilitation center where Ali seems to feel at home. “He has made a lot of progress since we first met him,” Manal says. “He initially found it really hard to control his movements. He couldn’t hold his head straight, keep his balance, or grip things without difficulty. And he was really frightened. He cried a lot and it took a while for him to get used to our team and the rehabilitation exercises. But we’ve managed to win his trust over time.”
Through a combination of physical and occupational therapy, Ali’s day-to-day life has become much easier. As Manal continues the exercises with Ali, she explains: “After just a few sessions, we’ve helped him stand up straight and hold a pencil in his hand. And he can sit up for longer periods now. When we saw how well he was doing, we talked to our colleague, an inclusion specialist, who confirmed that Ali was perfectly able to go to school like any other child.” This victory exceeded the expectations of both the physical therapist and Ali’s family, and Ali will start preschool next term. “When we first came here, all I wanted was for my brother to stand up by himself. But it never crossed my mind that the sessions would make it possible for him to go to school one day,” Reham adds.
Reham is proud of the progress Ali has made and is hopeful about his future. “As he grows up, I think the hardest thing for my brother will be realizing he can’t necessarily do everything the other children do, or not as easily. When we talk about what he can do rather than what he can’t, and when he sees that he’s not so different after all, it makes him happy. Ali’s really intelligent and even though he finds it hard to move around, he understands everything we say to him. I know he’s going to be one of the top students in his class.
”When the session comes to an end, Ali’s big sister adds: “I just really hope that he’ll go on improving. I want him to be as independent as possible in his everyday life. Ali deserves to grow up and thrive like any other child his age. What coming here has taught me is that we shouldn’t see his condition as a brake but more as an obstacle, which my brother has every chance of overcoming. And the more time goes by, the more he seems to realize that. That’s what is really important.”
This project is co-financed by DFID & BPRM.
During the week of December 18-22, HI attended the 16th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty in Vienna. Each year, the 162 States that have signed and ratified the Treaty meet and report on their progress toward its implementation, including in the areas of mine clearance and stockpile destruction. Civil society groups were also present at the meeting, as well as States that have not joined the Treaty but wish to take part in the discussions.Read more
Five years ago, while Xiemna, 33, was putting her son to bed, a grenade was thrown into her home in Colombia drastically changing her life within seconds. On that day, she lost both of her children and sustained serious injures. With support from HI, she has been given psychological support and has now set up her own homemade yogurt business. Xiemna and her husband, Armando tell their story:Read more
Wonderful things are happening for children with disabilities in Mozambique! Humanity & lnclusion and UNICEF have partnered with the local government to make sure that children can get the special help they need to stay at home with their loving families, to go to school with their friends, and to live a happy life.Read more
“We left our country when the conflict began,” Hiyam tell HI’s team in Lebanon about fleeing the violence in Syria. “We didn’t want our sons and daughter to grow up with the war. When we arrived in Lebanon, we thought we’d be safe. Then one day, on my husband Talal’s way home, a car came out of nowhere and plowed into him. My daughter was also in the car and she’s still very traumatized by the accident.
They took my husband to the hospital where he spent a month in intensive care. The doctors told us he wouldn’t survive, or if he did, he wouldn’t remember anything. They also said he’d be totally paralyzed for the rest of his life. I remember the first time I visited him in his hospital room. He looked like he was dead. I was devastated.”Read more
This is my first International Day of Persons with Disabilities since getting home from a five-month mission in Beirut, Lebanon, where I helped eight other NGOs make their water points, toilets, and hygiene facilities more inclusive for people with disabilities, older people, and the vulnerable.Read more
Earlier this year, 17-year-old Abu Sadeq and 600,000 other Rohingya fled Myanmar in hopes of finding food, shelter, and a safe place to stay. Abu and ten members of his family made it to the Unichipalong camp in Bangladesh, but not without injury. He tells his story:
“On August 26, my village in Myanmar was attacked. During the attack, I was hit in the cervical and lumbar vertebrae, causing a spinal cord injury. The injury has weakened my upper and lower limbs and I can’t walk properly anymore. I’ve lost the strength in my muscles, my sense of balance, and my coordination, which makes it much harder to do everyday activities.Read more
More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and 9,000 injured in the conflict in Yemen over the last three years. More than 70% of the population–21 million Yemenis–need emergency aid and to make matters worse, on November 6, a blockade was imposed, preventing the entry of food, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid into the country. Yemeni ports of entry are beginning to see some desperately needed shipments of food and aid, but 7 million people in the country continue to be on the brink of famine. Arnaud Pont, Yemen emergency desk officer at HI explains the gravity of the situation:
A disastrous humanitarian situation
The crisis in Yemen has led to months of food shortages: 17 million people–60% of the population–are food insecure, of whom 7 million are on the brink of famine. Some 3 million people have been forcibly displaced by violence. Fewer than half of the health centers are operating normally. Forty-nine of the country’s 276 districts are without doctors. Between April and September, a cholera epidemic killed 2,000 people (out of 900,000 suspected cases).Read more
From November 27-28, Handicap International is organizing a regional conference on the bombing of civilians in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. This conference will bring together 20 States, 10 African civil society organizations, and international NGOs with the goal to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.