Go to main content

Yasser: losing everything at 12

Explosive weapons Rehabilitation
Yemen

Yasser, 12, was at home finishing his school work, as he did every night. Suddenly, a bomb struck his home and the explosion tore off his leg. Tragically hisfather was killed. Supported by Humanity & Inclusion Yasser is now fighting to rebuild his life. 

Yasser, 12, during a rehabilitation session at the Sana'a centre

Yasser, 12, during a rehabilitation session at the Sana'a centre | HI

In Yemen, families are suffering the devastating impact of a war that has nothing to do with them. Yasser is only 12 years old: after the bombing, he woke to find his leg had been amputated in hospital.

A childhood changed forever

Yasser is a boy who loved to play football with his friends. He spent a lot of time with his father and was very close to him. One evening, as they were doing Yasser's homework together on the roof of the family’s apartment, the bombs began to fall. Yasser woke up in hospital with one leg missing. His house had been destroyed. And his father was dead. 

Support from HI

Before the bombing, Yasser was an energetic, enthusiastic, outgoing child. His amputation, the destruction of his home and the sudden loss of his father plunged him into depression. When they met him at the Sana'a Rehabilitation Centre, HI’s teams arranged for him to follow a rehabilitation care protocol until he could be fitted with a prosthesis. In a state of shock, he had also lost interest in life and was given therapy to help him overcome the series of losses he had suffered. 

Hope of a new life

Today, Yasser cries far less. He can walk with his prosthesis, which has put a smile back on his face. He is becoming more outgoing and taking care of himself. He has also returned to school. With his prothesis, he can play football with his classmates again – and he’s a talented player. 

Where we work

Read more

Blog: The bombing of civilians must stop now
© Bahia Z./ HI
Emergency Explosive weapons

Blog: The bombing of civilians must stop now

Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion UK, explains the horrific impact the use of explosive weapons in populated area is having on civilians living in countries like Syria.

New report: Syrian victims of explosive weapons trapped in never-ending waiting list
© Bahia Z./ HI
Emergency Explosive weapons

New report: Syrian victims of explosive weapons trapped in never-ending waiting list

New report “The Waiting List” calls on states to stop bombing civilians and to address the immediate and long-term needs of victims of explosive weapons in Syria and the wider region.

Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare
© HI
Emergency Explosive weapons Rehabilitation

Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare

The Vienna Conference is due to take place on 1st and 2nd October 2019. HI Disarmament and protection of civilians Advocacy Manager Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta explains the final preparations.