On October 9, after nearly a decade of nation-wide conflict, a Turkish-led incursion entered northeast Syria, reigniting the cycle of violence, trauma, worry and uncertainty for people living in the area. Once again, civilians are the first victims of bombings.
Humanity & Inclusion is deeply concerned about the safety of civilians and humanitarian aid workers. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Humanity & Inclusion's teams have been working tirelessly with Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq. Our rehabilitation experts provide vital care—physical therapy, psychosocial support, mobility devices, etc.—to injured Syrian civilians and those with disabilities.
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Since the summer of 2012, Humanity & Inclusion has deployed rehabilitation teams and partners to help Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon. In the summer of 2014, Humanity & Inclusion extended its operations to include Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan. In 2015, demining experts assessed the northern city of Kobani. Four months of combat, including ground fighting and coalition air strikes in Kobani left an average of ten munitions per square meter in the city center, and destroyed nearly 80% of buildings, according to the brief Humanity & Inclusion released in May 2015.
Since the start of our Syrian Crisis response, our donors have helped more than 555,000 people (individuals and their families) caught up in this crisis.
Now eight years after the start of the current crisis, Syria is bogged down in a bloody conflict that has claimed more than 450,000 lives. Fighting is taking place in residential areas, with no distinction made between civilian and military targets. Entire neighborhoods are targeted by daily strikes and, in many part of the country, health facilities, which are seen as strategic targets, have been driven underground, with scant resources to cope with the constant influx of injured people. According to UNHCR, 6.6 million Syrians have been displaced internally and more than 5.6 million people have fled Syria to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and other countries.
Humanity & Inclusion helps hospitals and clinics care for injured refugees by supplying rehabilitation equipment and organizing physical therapy sessions for patients. The rehabilitation team provides physical therapy to people who have had limbs amputated and need to learn to use artificial limbs, as well as people with injuries such as complex fractures that could result in a permanent disability due to prolonged periods of inactivity.
The organization supports vulnerable refugee families through distributions of food and hygiene items.
Risk education teams educate Syrians about the dangers posed by explosive remnants of war. In particular, children are taught how to identify and avoid ordnance. More than 71,500 Syrians have been educated so far.
Humanity & Inclusion works in close collaboration with local and international organizations to ensure that services for refugees are accessible to people with reduced mobility.