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Reference : V-P-SY-E-00872
Date : 05/2019
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : North East Syria, Al Hassakeh Governorate, Al Hol camp for internally displaced persons. This eleven-year-old boy was injured in an explosion three months before. He arrived at the camp with his family a few weeks later. He has wounds all over his back and his left leg is injured. At the beginning, he could not walk and had to use a wheelchair. After the incident, he stayed without any medical treatment for one and a half month. Now he is getting assisted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent mobile health unit, supported by the ICRC.
Photographer : YOUSEF, Ali
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : He remembers: "Three months ago, I was walking in the street behind our home and a morter landed close to me. I could not hear or see anything at the time of the explosion, I woke up after a few hours to see myself injured from the shrapnel of the mortar." Today, he has a medical treatment. "I go to the ambulance everyday to change my bandage. It takes me one hour to reach the ambulance from my tent. My young cousin comes with me everyday, too. He holds my T-shirt back, so the fabrics won't stick to the wounds on my body. I feel lucky that I did not lose my leg and that I no longer need to use a wheelchair", he says. He adds that he has never been able to go to school, but he knows how to read and write.
In the camp, the medical needs remains huge, including mother and child attention, surgery, mental health and physical rehabilitation. A particular concern is the large number of weapon-wounded patients who have limited access to surgical and post-surgical care.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2717x2038
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour