Go to main content

It's fate

Kamel is Syrian. Last year, the 25-year-old was injured in a bombing raid. After a long stay in hospital, the young farmer is now living in the Zaatari camp in Jordan. Handicap International is helping him to recover from his injuries by teaching him how to adapt to his new life in a wheelchair.

Kamel_jordanie_echo

Kamel learns how to adapt to his new life in a weelchair | © E. Fourt / Handicap International

When you meet Kamel, the first thing you notice is his huge smile and communicative good nature. The wheelchair is a mere detail, both for the young Syrian and for those who meet him.  "With or without the wheelchair, I just get on with things," he explains happily. "I live the life I have been given, that's all. I'm not angry, I don't hate anything or anyone. I accept my fate. I'm just grateful for what God has decided for me."

Kamel has lived through five years of war, but nothing seems to dent his optimism. Not even when he lost the use of his legs, last year. "I was hit by a bomb. I immediately lost consciousness. I woke up at the hospital in Jordan. The doctors told me I had shell shrapnel between two vertebrae, but that I would probably be able to walk again in six months to one year. One year later I still cannot walk. I get it, that's life. There is no point getting upset. I just get on with things."

Kamel has been followed by Handicap International since he arrived at the Zaatari camp. "We gave him several mobility aids and a wheelchair, to help him get about," explains Farah, one of the organisation's physiotherapists. "We also see him on a regularly basis for physiotherapy sessions, with the aim of helping him get around independently." As the session draws to an end, Kamel admits, "I am very happy here in the camp, but of course if peace returns to Syria, we would all like to go back home. Not just me. You could come and visit us there if you want!"

 

Where we work

Read more

COVID-19 adds to the misery of homeless people
© HI
Health Inclusion

COVID-19 adds to the misery of homeless people

In Lomé, the capital of Togo, COVID-19 restrictions have made the lives of homeless people even more difficult to bear. Many are children and single mothers. Humanity & Inclusion has been organising outreach to provide them with assistance.

No more children with disabilities out of school
© J. Mc Geown / HI
Inclusion

No more children with disabilities out of school

The Global Education Report will be released on 23rd of June. Published by UNESCO, the report monitors the progress of education policies throughout the world. Humanity & Inclusion has participated in this year’s report which focusses on the inclusion of all children in education, including children with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion Inclusive Education Advisor Julia McGeown explains this report.

Covid-19: HI distributes food kits to more than 1,800 families in Pakistan
© HI
Emergency Health

Covid-19: HI distributes food kits to more than 1,800 families in Pakistan

More than 140,000 people have been affected by Covid-19 in Pakistan. Humanity & Inclusion is assisting the most vulnerable people in the country, including Afghan refugees.

FOLLOW US