Causes and types of injuries encountered by Handicap International while working with Internally Displaced Persons in Syria: A Focus on the Impact of Explosive Weapons

Language
English
Pages
8pp
Date published
31 Dec 2014
Type
Factsheets and summaries
Keywords
Conflict, violence & peace, Disability, Health, Refugees/IDPs, Internal Displacement
Countries
Syria
Organisations
Handicap International

The aim of this paper is to provide a snapshot of the types of injuries caused by explosive weapons, such as those encountered by Handicap International (HI) while working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria.

This paper draws attention to the short- and long-term consequences faced by victims of explosive weapons especially when no proper, immediate or sustainable care is provided. It calls on all parties to the conflict to take immediate action so as to prevent future casu- alties, protect civilian populations by stopping the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and ensure unhindered humanitarian access in order to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable persons. It calls on the international community to take adequate measures to provide victims with immediate health services, and to ensure their full recovery and further inclusion in society in the future.