Several years ago, during the war in Syria, Ibrahim, a construction worker, heard gunfire nearby. He ran away in the opposite direction, right into the path of an oncoming bomb. Fragments from the bomb explosion tore into his leg. He was transferred to a hospital across the border in Jordan, where is leg had to be amputated. Later, Humanity & Inclusion fitted him for a prosthetic leg.
“The prosthesis has become part of me,” says Ibrahim, who is now using his seventh prosthesis. “When something breaks, I've learned how to replace the broken part with a spare from my old prostheses. The only part I can't replace is the silicone section. If that breaks, I contact HI.”
Ibrahim has had several surgeries on his leg, and each time he needs to be fitted for a new prosthesis. “I like how staff check on me on a regular basis and provide proper follow-up for the maintenance of each new leg.”
Since moving to Jordan, Ibrahim met his wife and they now have two sons. "When I was on my own, it didn't matter to me that I had lost my leg,” says Ibrahim. “But my marriage has changed that.”
Trying to provide for his family has been a challenge, especially since he can’t work in construction due to his disability. He works six days a week in a shop, but the wages are very low. Despite working 12-hour days, Ibrahim struggles to cover the family’s expenses.
“It isn’t easy to find a good job,” says Ibrahim. “When employers see that you only have one leg, they don’t want to hire you.”
A study, carried out by HI and iMMAP, found that one in five Syrian refugees has a disability, and much more needs to be done to connect refugees with disabilities to humanitarian services. You can read the full reports from Jordan and Lebanon.