Tags / Human Interest
A mentally disturbed man is stretched out on the pavement in one of the main streets in west Kabul. He receives no assistance. In Afghanistan people with mental disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups of the community. So far several NGOs and government agencies have provided a few services for mental disabilities, but their programs fall far from meeting the needs of these people and there are no specific actions taken to alleviate the problem.
Zubair, 28 years old, is training in a private swimming pool in the city of Kabul. Zubair lost his hand in a landmine when he was seven years old. Now he is a member of the national Paralympics team as a swimmer but he also practices other disciplines, including Taekwondo and running. In 2012 he won a silver medal at the Southeast Asian Paralympics games in Taekwondo.
Malik Mohammad, 20 years old, shows how he can walk on his hands at the Ghazi Stadium in the city of Kabul. Malik is a landmine survivor who lost both of his legs, near the airport in Kabul. Before the accident Malik worked in a bakery. After the accident he tried many different sports including basketball, skiing, swimming, surfing and running. But his favorite is swimming and lately running. His next competition is the 2014 Asian Paralympics Games in South Korea, where he will compete as a swimmer.
Rabya (right) knits some gloves while her sister Fatima looks after their smaller brother in a small rented flat in the city of Kabul. Rabya was born with one arm and one leg, but she has always been very active. When she lived in her hometown, in the province of Daikondi, she had a sewing machine and managed to make a decent living. One day her family sold it to raise money to move to Kabul in the hopes of a better life. Now they can hardly pay the rent and they are looking for a way to buy a new sewing machine. Rabya is a beneficiary of the Community Center for the Disabled.
Portrait of Norya inside the Dasht-e-barchi sub office of the Community Center for the Disabled (CCD), an Afghan NGO, in Kabul. Norea is an inspiring table tennis player who won first prize in a national competition where she was also awarded a trophy for her force of character. She is a member of the National Afghan Paralympics team. When CCD first met with Norya she was very shy because of her disability. After receiving counselling, CCD sent her to a private school where she discovered table tennis. Norya trained very hard and was selected to go to the London Paralympics in 2012, however she didn’t go because her family wouldn’t allow her to participate.
Ahmad Sha, 55 years old, deputy director and founder of the Community Center for the Disabled (CCD), an Afghan NGO. Here he is checking a new proposal in his office in Kabul. Haji is a landmine survivor who lost both hands to a landmine in the Nangarhar province. Haji very proudly states that four of his children go to university; one of them is actually attending two university courses – he is studying social science and engineering.
Commenting on the oath of UOSSM Dr.Kabakibo says "When you see your sister raped, your best friend die in front of you or your neighbourhood destroyed, it is hard to bear this oath in mind. That's why it's crucial to insist on its values every day." Here, the doctors learn how to take an injured person out of a car without worsening his state.
An old Syrian suffering from LUNG diseaseis now bedridden in Arsal's hospital. He lives in the Syrian camp of the city, among thousands of refugees. A cold wind sweeps the Bekaa valley and announces a hard winter for the Syrian families living in tents in the refugee camps of Lebanon.
Dr. Amer Kabakibo, left, explains that UOSSM already organised six war medicine trainings inside Syria and Turkey. This training is the second to take place in Lebanon. 300 trained doctors are now able to use war medicine techniques in the Syrian conflict. Last year, the retired French war doctor Raphael Pitti decided to created the UOSSM. Considering the situations the Syrian doctors were dealing with to save people's lives in the midst of the Syrian war, he decided to give them the tools to work with to counter their situation of minimum availability of material and workforce. After the training, they will return to their job in Arsal's hospital. But some of them say they could go back to Syria to exercise the techniques that they have learned during the training.
The hospital of Arsal, set up in a mosque, has three surgical unit. But the lack of material is a constant worry. Last month, tens of Syrians suffering from severe burns after a bombing attack came from the Syrian city of Qalamoun to be cured in Arsal.
After the workshops, the doctors organized a debriefing, where they spoke about what they have been through in Qusayr. On the right, Bassem has witnessed his friends and cousins die because of the bombs. Mohammad, a young nurse, lost 50 kg in the army, before escaping to Arsal. All of them remained in Qusayr as long as they could to try and save some lives.
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For five days, doctors train on how to treat a patient suffering from burns, how to save someone from under the rubbles after a bomb or shelling, and how to recognize the symptoms of a chemical attack among other techniques. Here, one of the doctors is learning how to give oxygen to a patient whose lips were burnt after an explosion.
Two Syrian doctors who are participating in the training. The oath of the UOSSM states "I swear to God that I will fulfil, according to my strength and capacity, the following commitments: I will give the necessary treatment to my friend as to my enemy, by preserving him from death and disease, from pain and anxiety. I will preserve the secrets and intimacy of each one, while ensuring to stay fair and honest. I will always try to develop my science and to use it wisely. I will be loyal to my profession and will respect my colleagues, and God is testimony of the present oath."
From the 17th till the 22th of October, 16 doctors and 16 nurses are learning about war medicine in Arsal, a Lebanese city bordering Syria. The training is organized by the Union of Syrian Organizations of Medical Aid (UOSSM), created in France and present in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Here, one of the trainers prepares a workshop, in the last floor of an unfinished building, used as a training center.
Dr. Hassan was an anesthetist in Qusayr. When the confrontation between the rebels and the regime, assisted by Hezbollah, took place and became too violent, he had to walk 40 km to Arsal. "I saw my best friend die in front of my eyes during our escape. Here, I can only pay my 200 dollars rent." My family remained in Syria. "There is no way I will quit smoking", he jokes, after being lectured by the others for smoking inside.
Behind him, Dr. Quassim, who is the founder of the hospital, in Arsal.
According to Dr.Amer Kabakibo, who is one of the trainers at UOSSM, war medicine has nothing in common with general medicine. In the trainings the participants learn the four steps of war medicine: 1) Checking the vital functions 2) How to position the patient and to procure him oxygen 3) Make a complete diagnosis 4) Treat after diagnosis. One of the features of the UOSSM's training is the oath put up on the walls. "I shall give the necessary treatment to my friend as to my enemy, preserving him from death and disease, from pain and anxiety". The text, a humanist reminder in an ocean of hatred.
During the five days of training, the Syrian doctors experienced their training model die several times. Unable to give him oxygen or to detect a diagnosis, they felt powerless in front of the poor mannequin. It is uncertain how many times they had the same feeling during the battle of Qusayr, unable to save a wounded person because there were too many to attend to, or because of the lack of material.
In Syria, most of the experienced doctors have fled to make use of their skills elsewhere from the very beginning of the conflict, leading to the general practitioners and young nurses being responsible for the health of millions. The doctors and nurses who remained in Qusayr during the battle of June 2013 had to flee to Arsal after surviving terrible events. Here, they opened a hospital to treat Syrian refugees who crossed the Syrian/Lebanese border. During the training sessions, they practice war medicine techniques on a model.
There are 40,000 Lebanese residents and 35,000 Syrian refugees in Arsal. The area, in the middle of the pro-Hezbollah region of the Bekaa is sympathetic to the Syrian rebels . As a result, Arsal suffers from isolation. The UOSSM trainers express that it is very difficult to transfer medical materials to Arsal and to transfer a patient from Arsal to another region of Lebanon.
For two years, the doctors from Qusayr were forced to work in secret. Dr. Hassan explains that their clandestine hospital in Qusayr was discovered five times, and bombed by the regime. According to the Human Rights Watch, the Syrian regime commited war crimes during the battle of Qusayr, which ended in June 2013, and didn't allow doctors to cure civilians and NGOs to help the population during the confrontation.
Around 29,000 schools were decimated by an earthquake that hit a large part of northern Pakistan in 2005. The government failed to reconstruct those schools even after 7 years, risking the lives of thousands of children who are forced to take lessons under the open sky in a harsh climate. The government claims that it faces a shortage of funds to rebuild decimated schools while on the other hand, critics of government say most funds provided by the international community have been misappropriated.
Noi Jaitang lives with his wife in Map Ta Phut. Her wife just got surgery for a skin cancer on her left cheek. Critics say that the pollution in the area is hurting the health of the villagers and causing them diseases as allergies and cancer. Seven members of his family have died because of the cancer. Noi himself had been suffering for the past weeks from the same lung pain than his relatives before they die. He is now waiting the medical results.
Map Ta Phut is Thailand's largest industrial park and one of the world's largest chemical industry hubs. Its population also has one of the higher cancer rates in Asia. Opened in 1989, Map Ta Phut hosts today 147 factories, mainly petrochemical plants, oil refineries, coal-fired power stations, iron and steel facilities. Critics say that the pollution in the area is hurting the health of the villagers and causing them diseases as allergies and cancer.
The Arab al-Jahalin is the biggest bedouin community that lives in the West Bank Area called E-1, part of the Area C, where Israel retains control over security as well as planning and zoning, and holds strategic significance for further expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, approved by the last Israeli government even if they are considered illegal by International laws. Following the 1948 conflict, the majority of the Negev Bedouin were forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands in the Negev by the Israeli authorities. Clans from five of the Negev tribes subsequently moved to the West Bank and registered as refugees with UNRWA. Forced to abandon nomadism and become permanent, the Palestinian Bedouin living in the Jerusalem periphery are now in a very poor, dramatic and emergency situation. In the last 15 years the Bedouin communities have been subject to demolition, requisition of cattle, attacks by settlers, aimed to get away from the area.
But despite this, the communities have shown determination and unbelievable resilience, who led the Israeli military authorities to draw up a "plan of relocation" so-called Nuweimeh Plan, which seeks to solve the ‘Bedouin problem’ by relocating the approximately 2300 Bedouins of the E1-zone to a town named Nuweimeh near Jericho. The lands of Nuweimeh, however is unsuitable for the animals to graze, and in addition there is no job opportunities, which is why the Bedouins who already are settled there live almost solely on UN food parcels. By the other side, the Palestinian Authorities do not provide any significant support to these communities, which are considered as a second class population.
By: Giuliano Camarda
You can bomb my school, destroy my house but you will never kill my freedom ...
A kid standing over the pile of his neighbours house which was bombed earlier.
Kids standing over the pile of their neighbours house which was bombed earlier.
One of the bombed schools in Ar Raqqah, the city has several bombed schools, one of them was bombed two days before taking this photo, 15 civilians were killed, 10 boy, 3 girls, an office boy and another civilian who was passing by.
Istanbul, Turkey. 11th September 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. © Claudia Wiens
Episode 3 of 9 from the documentary "What a Trip - Around Oz". Maximilian and his team cycled around Australia on E-Bikes. 16.000 km from Sydney to Sydney.
Normal life in Tareq Al-Bab market, Aleppo, despite the bombings.
L’uranium nigérien permet d’éclairer une ampoule française sur trois, tandis que seul un Nigérien sur dix a accès à l’électricité. Le 20 septembre, l’Etat sahélien a lancé un audit des mines d’uranium détenues par Areva, afin que l’exploitation du minerai contribue d’avantage à son développement.
Kaewkullaya Khumoung, 9 years old, has been suffering from eyes and skin allergies for the last 3 years due to a kidney collapse. Her mother thinks that the disease is caused by the pollution in the Map Ta Phut area where they live.
Kaewkullaya Khumoung, 9 years old, has been suffering from eyes and skin allergies for the last 3 years due to a kidney collapse. Her mother thinks that the disease is caused by the pollution in the Map Ta Phut area where they live. The pictures show her condition before being treated by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong, who opened her “House for health” ten years ago to help the villagers from Map Ta Phut.
Patcharee Dityen was one of the 27 villagers who complaint against the Industrial Area in 2009. After a lawsuit filed by those villagers, a court declared Map Ta Phut a pollution control area and obliged “authorities to measure soil and water quality regularly and to come up with a plan to reduce pollution”. She arrived to Map Ta Phut in 1989, the same year the first factory opened. Some years later, some red patches erupted on her skin. It was the first sign of a liver cancer she was diagnosed in 2005.
A man smoking with friends in his one room home in Old Havana, combining two of the favorite pass-times in Cuba - socialising and smoking.
More than half of Cuban adults smoke and lung cancer is a major cause of death on the island. The government is working at increasing regulations on advertising and sales of cigarettes and, as of January 2014, smoking has been banned in public places. Time will tell whether or not this new ban will be enforced.
This fish tank belongs to a cobbler who lives and works in this partially collapsed building. In 2011 part of the building collapsed. Fortunately no one was hurt. The residents continue to live in what is left of the very unstable building. Although the residents have been advised to leave the building, they have no where else to go.