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Humanity & Inclusion's emergency response teams are working with the victims of the Syrian conflict to provide them with the care, equipment and financial assistance they need.

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Since March 2011 and the start of the civil war in Syria, more than 6.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes and are displaced within the country.

The armed violence has already caused more than 250,000 deaths and this figure continues to rise. Over 13 million people need humanitarian assistance – more than 6 million of whom are children.

The level of contamination is unprecedented in the history of mine clearance: 11.5 million people are currently living in areas contaminated by explosive hazards.

Every day, Humanity & Inclusion provides care for new victims with gunshot injuries or wounded in explosions. The organisation provides assistance to amputees and all those whose physical injuries are likely to lead to a permanent disability.

Neighbouring countries have taken 5.6 million refugees. Humanity & Inclusion is working alongside them in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt.

Since 2012, HI has supported 1.8 million Syrian people in six different countries including Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt.

  • Almost 14,000 people were fitted with prostheses and orthoses.
  • HI has distributed mobility aids and specific material to 130,000 people.
  • 180,000 people received physical and functional rehabilitation sessions.
  • 62,000 people benefitted from psychosocial support sessions or mental health support.
  • HI distributed food and essential household items and cash transfer to 300,000 people.
  • HI's weapons risk education programmes reached 1.4 million people.

Latest stories

No heavy explosive weapons in populated areas should be the norm
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Explosive weapons

No heavy explosive weapons in populated areas should be the norm

Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres calls States to reach an international agreement against human suffering caused by bombing in populated areas.

Mohamad's Story: “I had a one-in-a-hundred chance of survival"
© S. Khalifat / HI
Explosive weapons Rehabilitation

Mohamad's Story: “I had a one-in-a-hundred chance of survival"

Mohamad is one of thousands of victims who have experienced the impact of bombing in populated areas. After an explosion hit near his home in 2012, he became paralysed from the waist down. This is Mohamad's story of how he has learned to rebuild his life with support from Humanity & Inclusion (HI).

Ten years of conflict in Syria will take at least two generations to rebuild
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Explosive weapons

Ten years of conflict in Syria will take at least two generations to rebuild

After a decade of war, Syria has been contaminated by explosive remnants on a scale experts have never seen before. When the conflict ends, the complex work of clearing weapons and rebuilding the country will begin. Emmanuel Sauvage, Director of Armed Violence Reduction at Humanity & Inclusion (HI), tells us more.

Background

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The civilian population of Syria has been hit by the full force of fighting between parties who do not respect international humanitarian law. 

Born out of an anti-government protest movement that was strongly repressed in March 2011 by the Syrian armed forces, the armed conflict gradually transformed into a civil war. The confrontations, bombings, and massacres which are tearing Syria apart have generated an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

Several million people are trapped in the combat zones. The civilian population, caught in the crossfire or sometimes even directly targeted by the warring factions, is paying very heavy price for what has become an interminable war in which human rights are violated on a daily basis.  Often going without food and water, they have no access to health care and no protection from the violence. Half of this population is made up of children threatened by hunger and disease, particularly in the winter months. If they do not receive treatment, the injured risk developing permanent disabilities. They need immediate access to the care and aid they currently go without.

Reports


The latest publications

> Everywhere the Bombing Followed Us - Summary (pdf, 287.63 KB)
> Qasef: Escaping the bombing (pdf, 4.13 MB)

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