Since the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013, Uganda has offered a place of safety to more than 1 million people fleeing the conflict since July 2017. More than 85% of the refugees are women and children. Meryll Patois, HI’s rehabilitation technical advisor in Uganda outlines the needs of South Sudanese refugees and the services that our teams are providing.
Caring for the most vulnerable
Fifteen-year-old Ahmed was injured in his right thigh just above the knee during a demonstration on the border between Gaza and Israel. He can remember the incident and the pain very clearly, and is still in a state of shock. “I felt something hit my leg really hard and then I saw the blood,” he explains. “I screamed and collapsed. I lost all feeling in my body for a few seconds.”
Twelve-year-old Emmanuel is a student at Illuhum school in Torit, a region to the east of the capital Juba, in South Sudan. Because of his disability, his mother used to carry him to school on her back, before going to work as a coal seller. A heavy burden on her, it also made life difficult for Emmanuel, who was often late for school.
11 June 2018 - INGOs in Yemen today warned that any further escalation of violence around the port city Hodeidah could have catastrophic consequences. Humanitarian organizations fear an imminent attack on the city given developments on the ground over recent weeks.
More than 13,000 people have been injured since March following demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, of which 11% risk developing a permanent disability. HI recently deployed ten emergency teams comprised of 40 rehabilitation professionals (occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, a social worker, and a psychologist) to provide rehabilitation care and psychological support to affected people in Gaza.
Monsieur le Président,
Paris, 4 June 2018.
Subject: Paris Humanitarian Conference on Yemen
Dear President Macron,
We welcome French efforts to address the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and your announcement during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Paris on 10 April that France would host an international humanitarian conference on Yemen in Paris in June.
Executive Summary & Recommendations
An estimated 3,000 people were injured in demonstrations on May 14th and 15th at the border between Gaza and Israel. Medical services in Gaza have been overwhelmed by the sudden arrival of large numbers of casualties. Humanity & Inclusion is on the ground, ready to provide rehabilitation services to prevent patients from developing a permanent disability and support them in regaining mobility.
On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit by a violent earthquake. Hundreds of miles apart, Nirmala and Khendo were both buried under the rubble.
“I was at home with my family when I felt the earth shake,” says Nirmala, 10. “I tried to run like the others, but a wall fell on top of me. I don’t remember anything else. I woke up in hospital in Kathmandu without one of my legs. I was really frightened.”
Rushed to hospital, Nirmala and Khendo each had a leg amputated. The girls met shortly thereafter while attending physical therapy sessions with HI’s rehabilitation team.
The number of people seriously injured during protests in Gaza continues to rise. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has decided to extend its activity in Gaza and offer its expertise in emergency rehabilitation care to ensure that the injured have the best chance of recovery.
In Nepal, most primary school students are unable to read at grade level. For Nepali children with a disabilities, the outlook is dire, since Nepali children’s capacity and adaptability to learn are rarely screened.
Starting this month, Humanity & Inclusion will tip the balance so more Nepali children can thrive at school and become strong readers. The project, Reading for All, is possible thanks to a generous USAID grant.
On Friday April 27, 2018 at 10:40 PM, an airstrike from the Saudi led coalition hit the National Blood Transfusion and Research Center of the Al Sabeen Hospital, a building located 65 feet from the First Physiotherapy Center, where Humanity & Inclusion, which works under the name ‘Handicap International’ in Yemen, is providing support.
No one was killed or wounded in the strike. In 2017, however, explosive weapons killed or injured 2,169 people (77% were civilians) in the country.
As national and international NGOs operating in Kachin and northern Shan, Myanmar, we are deeply troubled by yet further escalation of armed conflict, including clashes directly impacting civilians throughout April and continuing into May, that has displaced and re-displaced thousands more civilians. Urgent action is required to save lives and meet widespread and growing humanitarian needs.
Following more indefensible attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure this week, international nongovernment organisations in Yemen strongly condemn an upsurge in violence across the country that is having gross and disproportionate impact on civilian safety, infrastructure and humanitarian space.
Collecting Data on Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Contexts
Since February, Humanity & Inclusion has expanded our scope of action in Yemen to ensure that people with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals are not left on the sidelines during this crisis. We’ve recruited dozens of additional staff members and are now working in seven hospitals in and around Sana’a, the capital of Yemen.
Lessons learnt from the ADCAP programme
On the International Day for Mine Awareness, Humanity & Inclusion warns that civilians cannot continue to bear the brunt of global conflicts, with casualty rates rising drastically worldwide.
3 April 2018, Geneva
This statement is made on behalf of 22 international NGOs current working in Yemen.
INGOs are delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of vulnerable Yemenis, despite the complex and serious nature of the security situation and sustained bureaucratic access constraints.