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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02932
Date : 17/05/2016
Caption : Gaza. The ICRC supports the artificial limb and polio centre. Doaa Yasseen, 11 years old, lost her right hand due to an unexploded remnant of war.
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Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website photo gallery, 15.07.2016: "When "toys" explode in Gaza. This young girl, from Gaza City, lost her right hand the noon of 6 May 2015. On her way home from school, she picked up an unexploded remnant from past conflicts. “I thought it was a toy before it exploded in my hand,” says Doaa. The doctor told her family if she was not transfer to the hospital in Nablus [in the West Bank] the amputation would be more severe. There, Doaa underwent eight surgical operations. Due to the complexity of the interventions, she was hospitalised for a total of 52 days.
Doaa first came into contact with the ICRC when they came to her school to talk about the dangers of unexploded remnants of war. These sessions aim to promote safe behaviour among students and teachers alike. When ICRC staff met Doaa and learnt about what had happened, they explained to her family that the Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre in Gaza City could fit her with an artificial hand.
Doaa was one of the star students before the explosion. Her performance has suffered since then, although she's still a good student. “Writing with my left hand has been one of the hardest things for me,” says Doaa, sitting at her desk. “Her injury has had psychological consequences. It affects her self-confidence; she covers her right hand with a white gauze most of the time in the classroom,” says Noha, the school principal."
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