Reference : V-P-IQ-E-01075
Date : 19/04/2011
Country/Region : IRAQ
Caption : Basra. With ICRC help, Intithar started a small business to support her family after her husband was killed.
Photographer : OU, Ed
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description : ICRC website, Operational Update, 20-10-2011

Iraq: giving disabled people a chance to resume a normal life

Physical and psychological suffering is not the only trauma people living with disabilities have to endure. They often also face economic difficulty. The ICRC provides them with limb-fitting and physical rehabilitation services, and supports those willing to set up small businesses.

Bringing aid to people facing hardship
Many people in Iraq are still struggling to earn a living and support their families. Between June and August, the ICRC:

-organized a cash-for-work scheme involving upgrades to 18 kilometres of irrigation canals and 21 hectares of agricultural land, benefiting 4,100 displaced people and residents of Diyala and Dohuk governorates;
-vaccinated 37,600 animals belonging to 680 farmers in Makhmour district, Ninawa governorate;
-distributed 152 tonnes of fertilizer to 352 needy farmers in Baghdad, Anbar and Salah Al-Din;
-awarded 258 grants to disabled people and women heading households in Ninawa, Kirkuk, Sulaimaniya, Erbil, Baghdad and Basra, enabling them to start small businesses and regain economic self-sufficiency;
-distributed food and hygiene parcels to over 1,800 people displaced by the latest shelling in the northern border areas;
-distributed food and hygiene items to 6,500 orphans, women heading households and displaced people in Diyala, Anbar, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, and Ninawa, on the occasion of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

L├ęgende du photographe: Intithar, 34, plays with her children in their home in Basra, Iraq. Her husband worked at a market until he was killed in a bombing in 2003. She is now left to care for 3 children. Recently she was given a grant from the ICRC of 1.4 million Dinars to start a business selling fabrics and household goods.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour