"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.
Kayan will continue to return to the centre for follow-up consultations and we will be waiting for him. We might even see him return independently, as he becomes a young man.
“Now I feel more confident, and I love my job. I want to become even more specialised and learn new things from this profession.”
After my injury I would never have believed I’d be back working, let alone able to live a normal life like everyone else.
Asfandiar and Jzheyn's tale is a difficult one. But it's also a love story.