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Maher Zain

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While the world should never forget all those killed in Syria’s brutal war, we must also offer solidarity to those who have been maimed and disabled in the conflict.
“We, the ones who are challenged, need to be heard. To be seen not as a disability, but as a person who has and will continue to bloom.”

Robert Hensel

In the past six years, tens of thousands of innocent civilians - including children - have lost limbs through bombs and bullets, or after handling or stepping on explosives. Though their catastrophic injuries seldom make headlines, there are currently 38 million amputees in the developing world, all of whom deserve our unwavering compassion.

Their lives matter. We need to help them rebuild and rehabilitate. 

Providing artificial limbs or wheelchairs gives the injured far more than simple mobility. Being active again reintegrates the disabled into the community, improving their chances of independence. In turn, reducing their social, physical and economic dependence brings a fresh sense of self-worth which further boosts recovery and helps lessen the impact of trauma.

One Family is committed to offering exactly this lifeline.

We support projects that fund mobility aids and prostheses, as well as rehabilitation sessions and psychological support groups. In addition, we facilitate schemes which educate local people - especially children - about the continuing dangers of undetonated explosives.

Please join us, and help show victims of conflict we will not abandon them.

Always stronger together, we are One Family.

Salam’s Story Back on the move

One day, in autumn 2015, Salam went to pick olives with her parents. She was playing with her little brother in a field when she picked up an explosive remnant of war. She was too young to know that it was dangerous and it exploded, leaving her with devastating injuries. Her little brother’s heart was hit by the shrapnel and he died instantly. Salam was rushed to a hospital in Jordan, where doctors amputated her left leg and part of her right foot. Handicap International has now fitted her with a prosthesis and provides her with regular physiotherapy care. Slowly with the help of rehabilitation teams in Jordan, Salam is beginning to rebuild her life.

Ali, a cousin of Salam’s mother who is caring for her in Jordan while her parents remain in Syria says, “Salam is cheerful and really intelligent. Next year, we’ll send her to school and I hope she’ll have a bright future.” Salam lifts her head and adds with a smile: “I want to be a cook when I grow up!”

Teams on the ground stay strong and dedicated, providing vital care to just under one million beneficiaries, who are internally displaced people still living in Syria, or refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, since 2012. Each and every one of these individuals has a story like Salam’s; they have lost or been separated from loved ones and have been brutally wrenched from their homes and their lives, and many of them have been injured. Still, we know that with your support we can help put back together so much that has been pulled apart, while we wait and hope for peace in Syria.

© E. Fourt / Handicap International
Here’s how you can help Syrians like Salam:
£100 will provide an injured or disabled refugee with physiotherapy and tailored rehabilitation for a year.
£150 will fund a psychotherapy session for a group of 12 people who have been traumatised by war.
£500 will pay for five de-mining kits to remove undetonated explosives.
£1,000 will provide a tent and basic equipment for 40 refugees in need of shelter.
£2,000 will provide wheelchairs for 33 disabled or injured refugees.
£3,200 will provide artificial limbs and rehabilitation for 25 child amputees.

 

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