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Reference : V-P-SY-E-00951
Date : 20/08/2020
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : Aleppo, Jabal Badro district. This smith is a beneficiary of the ICRC’s micro-economic initiative programme.
Photographer : YOUSEF, Ali
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : This man, 45, was wounded during the conflict. "One day during the conflict, I was watering the plants with my son in the garden of my house when a mortar fell, resulting in the amputation of my leg and the death of my 13-year-old son," he says. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent helped him get a prosthesis in addition to his physical rehabilitation. "I suffered a lot during the crisis, my job as a smith wasn't very good at the time and I had to change jobs, selling vegetables and cigarettes. I was very affected by the crisis, my living condition was so different from what it was before". Today, once again a smith, he works mainly in industrial facilities, where he repairs damaged iron, then he assembles it in blocks and places it on the ceiling or in other locations. "My four children are proud now, their father goes to work, he can support them and never lets them need anyone," he says.
Millions remain displaced, and in some areas, hostilities or the uncertainty of the resumption of fighting continue. Some have found refuge with their families or friends, and possibly scraping together enough to make ends meet in parts of the country less severely affected by the conflict. Many still remain in IDP shelters, camps or make-shift settlements, having brought very little or nothing with them when they fled.
People fleeing, should be protected at all times, with no exception. Intensified fighting will put thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, on the move. These are women, men and children, many of whom are already extremely vulnerable. Parties to the conflict must ensure respect for IHL, particularly with regard to the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.
In other places, the destruction and damage to essential infrastructure and lack of basic services mean for many families making the decision to return home or not, even where fighting has stopped, a dilemma.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4032x3024
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour