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Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of the countries in the world the most severely contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war. According to the Landmine Monitor, over 600 km2 of land is contaminated.

AA man supported by Humanity & Inclusion to set up a shop

A man supported by Humanity & Inclusion to set up a shop | © J-P. Porcher / HI

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Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Afghanistan since 1987. In 1996, the organisation built a rehabilitation centre in Kandahar which provides care for people with disabilities, including the victims of landmines. This centre provides physiotherapy care and is equipped with a workshop for producing prostheses and orthoses. Mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs etc.) are also distributed from the centre. Thanks to a network of volunteers trained by Humanity & Inclusion, mine victims and all people with disabilities requiring care are referred to this centre.
Over time, Humanity & Inclusion has improved service provision and built the capacities of local actors, by helping the Afghan government to develop a study and training programme for rehabilitation professionals, and prosthetics and orthotics technicians, based on recognised international standards.
The projects underway also help local actors to promote the rights of people with disabilities, including the survivors of conventional weapons and improved explosive devices. The aim is to give them a voice to ensure that political leaders and/or organisations take into account their needs and are more likely to implement development projects.

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Use of banned explosive weapons at highest level since 2010
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Explosive weapons

Use of banned explosive weapons at highest level since 2010

From Syria to Yemen, Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar and Tunisia, the use of banned explosive weapons increased significantly in 2014 and 2015. To mark International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Handicap International is calling for an immediate end to the use of these weapons.

Afghanistan: Rehabilitation centre in Kandahar helps injured and disabled people
© Jaweed Tanveer / Handicap International
Explosive weapons Rehabilitation

Afghanistan: Rehabilitation centre in Kandahar helps injured and disabled people

Since 1996, Handicap International has managed a physical rehabilitation centre in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. This centre is the only one providing comprehensive services to disabled people across the whole region. We visit the centre with Rasool, the officer in charge of our activities in Kandahar province.

Sayed, 6: “I can play with my friends again!”
© Jaweed Tanveer / Handicap International
Explosive weapons Rehabilitation

Sayed, 6: “I can play with my friends again!”

Sayed is a six-year-old boy from Afghanistan with an irresistible smile. When he was five, he was injured by an improvised mine – one of many victim-activated devices that regularly kill and maim people in Afghanistan. After Sayed’s left leg was amputated, he was immediately treated by Handicap International and he is steadily regaining his independence. We talked to him and his father, Mohammed, at Handicap International’s physical rehabilitation centre in Kandahar.

Background

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Afghanistan

Despite the support of the international community, Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world.  It is also one of the countries in the world which is most vulnerable to natural disasters and the most heavily contaminated with landmines.

Many people continue to suffer from insecurity, insalubrious housing and limited access to drinking water, electricity, medical care, education and employment.
In 2016, over 1,900 accidents involving mine, explosive devices or explosive remnants of war were reported. The majority of victims were civilians and 42% were children.
The war, the insecurity due to day-to-day violence, and drought have forced 2.6 million Afghans into exile. Almost 1.5 million people have been internally displaced within the country and in 2016, over 600,000 left their homes.

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