“The war has made people withdraw into themselves..." 11 October 2019
Suad Al-Qadri works as a psychosocial support counsellor for HI in Sana'a, Yemen. Below, she talks about the mental condition of the patients assisted by HI and the impact of bombing on the psychological health of the city's inhabitants.
Vienna, October 2nd, 2019. A great number of 133 states gathered for two days at the Vienna Conference “Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare”. A majority of attendants announced that they were ready to work on a political declaration to end human suffering caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The discussions that will take place in the 6 months to come will be decisive to protect millions of civilians living in war zones.
Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare 30 September 2019
The Vienna Conference is due to take place on October 1st and 2nd. HI Disarmament and protection of civilians Advocacy Manager Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta explains the final preparations:
Weapons clearance drones 26 September 2019
Since last January, HI and its partner Mobility Robotics have been trialing the use of drones to support weapons clearance experts in Faya-Largeau, northern Chad.
Yeminis are exhausted by four years of war 26 September 2019
HI has been providing rehabilitation care and psychosocial support in eight health facilities in Sana'a since 2015 and in one of Aden's main hospitals since last July. Maud Bellon, HI’s head of mission, tells us about the unacceptable situation now facing civilians.
Cluster munitions continue to kill civilians 6 September 2019
Released last August, the 2019 Cluster Munition Monitor report reveals that attacks involving cluster munitions continued to occur in Syria in 2018. The Monitor has recorded at least 674 cluster munition attacks in Syria since mid-2012. These attacks have caused heavy contamination by cluster munition remnants, which pose a deadly and long-term threat for the local population. Globally, at least 149 people were killed or injured by cluster munition attacks and remnants in a total of eight countries and one territory.
"The self-help group has given me hope again" 26 July 2019
Abdel Kareem, 5, has cerebral palsy. Thanks to Humanity and Inclusion's partnership with the Mousawat rehabilitation centre in Lebanon, a mental health project was integrated into the rehabilitation process.
"Meeting other amputees has given me hope" 26 July 2019
Ahed is diabetic. He lost his leg after suffering complications. He is now rebuilding his life thanks to rehabilitation sessions and group therapy at the Zarqa centre in Jordan.
Mine detection drones 26 July 2019
In Faya-Largeau (North Chad), HI has begun testing drones to detect mines and build up a detailed picture of what’s on the ground - a revolution in mine clearance practice. HI’s project manager Xavier Depreytere explains more.
UN Security Council recognises the rights of people with disabilities in armed conflicts 19 June 2019
For the first time ever, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a Resolution on persons with disabilities in armed conflict. This represents a significant step forward for people with disabilities, who are particularly at risk in crisis situations and often overlooked in humanitarian assistance.
Following several weeks of clean-up operations, Humanity and Inclusion is now supporting vulnerable residents of Beira, Mozambique to repair and rebuild their homes.
Peter Kim: when a casualty turns activist 3 June 2019
While still in secondary school, Peter Kim, a young Laotian, lost his sight and both hands in a submunition explosion. Now an activist, he supports Humanity and Inclusion’s efforts to protect people from explosive remnants of war in Laos and around the world. We look at one man’s struggle to make the world a safer place.
Mine clearance to assist development 3 June 2019
Humanity and Inclusion’s teams are clearing land in north-eastern Laos contaminated mainly by cluster munitions.
Rehabilitation and mental health 29 May 2019
Since June 2017, psychosocial support and rehabilitation go hand in hand for children with disabilities in Lebanon thanks to Humanity and Inclusion’s partnership with the Mousawat rehabilitation centre in the Beqaa Valley.
More than 30 people were killed in the exchanges of rocket fire and airstrikes between Gaza and Israel over the weekend. In Gaza, this escalation of violence could lead to a new wave of injuries, with surgical and rehabilitation services already overwhelmed.