Reference : V-P-AF-E-02624
Date : 08/08/2018
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Herat, Bikrabad. Like thousands of Afghans, Mohsen suffered from polio at age three and cannot walk. When he was 20, he heard about ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Centre, which provided him with a wheelchair and toilet set. It gave him greater mobility and ability to socialize. Thanks to an ICRC training programme, he became a bench-worker at the Physical Rehabilitation Centre. With his income, he can support his family.
Photographer : QUILTY, Andrew
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Mohsen, 54, goes to the Herat’s Physical Rehabilitation Centre driving an adapted car. For 21 years he has been practicing as a bench-worker at the ICRC’s workshop. "I was repairing old shoes in a public bathroom on Malek crossroad when a man came to see me and told me that I should go to the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Centre. I went and my life changed", he says. He received an orthosis in 1994, started a new job few months later, got married, and he is now father of five children. The man does not use his orthosis. "My wife was so happy and encouraged me to exercise and continue to walk when I got them but I was too lazy", he confesses smiling. "I feel freer and not tight in my movement with my wheelchair and I can catch up with my wife, something I cannot do with the orthosis", he says laughing.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 8256x5504
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour