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Children conquer war wounds with rehabilitation, psychosocial support

Emergency Rehabilitation

More than a year after U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban seized control, Humanity & Inclusion's teams continue to work with civilians injured in conflict.

A young Afghan girl wearing a white head scarf, black outfit, and leg brace stands at a chalk board in a classroom.

Yasamin, 8, lost the use of her leg during a shelling as she was fleeing her village with her family in Herat province. With HI’s help, including physical therapy and orthosis, she is now back in school | © E. Blanchard / HI

These photos show three children who are thriving with rehabilitation care and psychosocial support.

Afghan girls wearing white head scarves sit at school desks

Sosan, 13, from Naw Badam

One day, when Sosan and her father were out for a walk, she was hit in the leg by a bullet. Her father rushed her to hospital, but she lost the use of her leg.

Sosan was given rehabilitation sessions to learn to walk again using a walker. She talked to Marzia, a psychologist with Humanity & Inclusion, who helped her cope with the sadness she was feeling. Today, Sosan is back at school.

"Whenever I have any free time, I draw, sew or read. I love reading books in English. After my studies, I want to become an English teacher.” 

A young Afghan boy wearing a coral outfit and an artificial limb walks down a sidewalk with elbow crutches

Asef, 10, from Herat

One day, on their way to school, Asef and his friends approached an unfamiliar object. It was a mine. It exploded, killing his sister and cousins. Asef lost his right leg in the accident. With the support of Humanity & Inclusion, Asef received an artificial limb and crutches. He is now having rehabilitation sessions to learn to walk again.

"Thanks to the help of Dr Hashimi, I can walk again. In the day, I go to the mosque and draw at home. My school is too far away, so I can't go back there yet. But as soon as I’m better, I want to go back to school. Then I can become a doctor myself and help other people.” 

An Afghan girl wearing a green outfit lies on her stomach on a cushion pushing her upper body off the floor. A rehabilitation specialist wearing a head scarf and mask supports her chest.

Yasamin, 8, from Herat

Yasamin was injured by shelling as her family attempted to flee their village. Strengthening her muscles with physical therapy and using a leg brace, she's able to walk again and has returned to school.

Date published: 03/30/23


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