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Thursday, 24 September 2020


Beirut explosion’s survivors: Sami, Nour and Chafik

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Humanity & Inclusion’s teams in Beirut have been visiting families impacted by the explosion on 4th August and providing them with psychosocial first aid and rehabilitation (including providing mobility aids such as crutches, wheelchairs etc.). Every day, their team are listening to people’s stories, assessing their needs and identifying people in psychological distress or in need of rehabilitation.

Sami, 78, lives in the Karantina district of Beirut. During the explosion that happened on 4th August, Sami fell and now has a fracture in his right leg. He can’t put any weight on it. Humanity & Inclusion’s teams visited Sami in his home and provided him with auxiliary crutches to help him walk without bearing weight on his affected limb, and a toilet chair.

© Tom Nicholson/HI.

Nour, 33, lives in the Karantina district of Beirut. Nour has a chronic lower back pain, which was aggravated after she fell during the explosion in Beirut on 4th August. Humanity & Inclusion’s physiotherapists conducted a physical therapy assessment and provided her with a lumber belt, and a home exercise programme to reduce her pain and improve her quality of life.

© Tom Nicholson/HI.

Chafik, 36, was at home when the explosion happened on 4th August. The roof of his kitchen fell during the explosion, badly injuring his leg. Chafik is now waiting for an x-ray. He has yet to receive a diagnosis and is in a lot of pain. Humanity & Inclusion’s team provided him with mobility aid including crutches and a lumber belt. Once Chafik receives a diagnosis, Humanity & Inclusion’s team will follow up to see if he needs physical rehabilitation.

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