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Syria

HI operates with many partners inside Syria, providing rehabilitation and psychosocial support to people with disabilities and people injured by violence. The organisation also conducts clearance operations and risk education sessions to prevent accidents caused by explosive remnants of war. 

Syrian woman paralyzed by bombings in Homs

Syrian woman paralyzed by bombings in Homs | © Layla Aerts / HI

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HI launched its response to the Syrian crisis first in neighbouring countries - Lebanon and Jordan - in May 2012 and started conducting operations inside Syria in November 2012. Then HI extended its operations to include Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan in summer 2014.

Today, HI provides physical rehabilitation as well as psychosocial support to persons with disabilities and injured people, which includes the provision of assistive devices, prosthetic and orthotic services.

HI brings psychosocial support to caregivers of people with disabilities. The organisation also promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian action. The organisation also supports people with disabilities through cash for work activities and improves their inclusion in employment.

HI also conducts explosive remnants clearance operations and manages risk education awareness campaigns to prevent accidents caused by explosive remnants of war. 

Latest stories

Raqqa: HI demines a river to enable the reconstruction of a vital bridge
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Explosive weapons

Raqqa: HI demines a river to enable the reconstruction of a vital bridge

HI underwater mine-clearance experts have cleared part of the Euphrates river and to allow a bridge that is important for the economy of Raqqa city to be rebuilt.

My first steps in five years
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Rehabilitation

My first steps in five years

Abed lost both of his legs in a mine accident in 2018 in Syria. Access to HI rehabilitation services has changed his life.

HI cleans up sulphur used to produce explosive devices
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Explosive weapons

HI cleans up sulphur used to produce explosive devices

In Syria, near Raqqa, HI’s clearance team has cleaned up piles of sulphur, a chemical used to produce explosive devices.

Background

Map of HI interventions in Syria

Almost 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which began in spring 2011.

There are nearly 13 million people displaced by the conflict (internally or abroad). More than 14 million are still in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria and more than 4.8 million Syrians have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.

With the devastating impact of the pandemic and increasing poverty, every day is an emergency for Syrians forced to flee. Access to essential services and care, particularly those with injuries, disabled people and people with chronic diseases are very difficult. Obstacles to providing ongoing care and follow-up to Syrian civilians include damage to local infrastructure because of the fighting, travel restrictions placed on civilians, and the inability of international humanitarian organisations to launch large-scale operations due to the current situation on the field, particularly in terms of access and security.

Date the programme opened: 2012

Number of HI staff members: 335

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