Days in these mine-infested fields begin like any other, whether they will irreversibly alter someone’s life or not.
Within the walls of this Centre, people have been getting treatment, eating, sleeping and living in peace for more than 20 years.
"Let’s look forward”. That is what we tell our patients every day, encouraging them to take back the life that war has snatched away. We help them to do just that.
It’s what keeps us focused on our goal: to help people who think they’ve missed their chance, to let them live again.
"Today, thanks to our help, they’ve managed to come back from the brink, walk again and find their place in the world, within this landscape scarred by deep wounds.”
...and today he is a teacher who gives life lessons as well as school lessons.
In 1998, we opened our Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq - a country in which mines have killed over 6,000 people in the last 25 years.
It’s not every day that we get to catch up with a former patient and hear about their new life.
Sidra is nine years old, she lives in Mosul, Iraq, and we think she should be able to run around and play, just like any other girl her age.
It’s EMERGENCY’s very own 007, built in 1998 in the labs at the Centre by amputee and disabled former patients.