Nour Khalaf, 33, suffers from chronic lower back pain, which has grown worse since she fell in the second explosion. | ©Tom Nicholson / HI
Many of Beirut’s inhabitants have been affected by the explosions that ripped through the city’s port on 4 August. Nour Khalaf, 33, has chronic lower back pain, aggravated by a fall she suffered in in the second explosion.
HI’s voluntary workers have been reaching out to the residents of two Beirut neighbourhoods - Quarantine and Basta - to identify people with injuries and those who need help to overcome their ordeal.
Nour Khalaf lives in a neighbourhood near the port of Beirut with her family. She was working at home when she felt the first explosion. She rushed to another room to check on her son when, moments later, a second explosion shook the house and she was hit by falling objects.
HI’s teams met up with her to find out more about what had happened to her and provide her with emergency equipment and psychological first aid to help her recover from her ordeal.
After her fall, she suffered pains throughout her body, especially in her back, adding to her existing chronic pain that makes it difficult for her to perform routine tasks and prevents her from sleeping.
HI’s physiotherapy team assessed her state of health and provided her with a lumbar support belt. She was also given an exercise programme to do at home to relieve her pain and improve her quality of life along with advice on how to improve her standing position.
HI has worked in Lebanon since 1992. It provides assistance to the most vulnerable individuals and people with disabilities and helps include them in community life. It also implements demining projects in the north of the country where people’s lives are still at risk from explosive devices left over from the 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990.