In 1998, we opened our Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq - a country in which mines have killed over 6,000 people in the last 25 years.
To mark the occasion, we stopped by to have a look around and meet some of the incredible people who make our work possible.
Even though we receive over 2,000 patients every month, we always find time to make everyone feel welcome.
“This time last year, I never would have imagined that this would be possible,” Miriam told us. “I’m just so happy – and so grateful.”
As he talks, Murad has an easy-going smile that conveys serenity and peace – reflecting the name of the IDP camp where he lives and works: Ashti. But emphasising the positive side of things isn’t always enough. Even if you’re a child.
Kayan will continue to return to the centre for follow-up consultations and we will be waiting for him. We might even see him return independently, as he becomes a young man.
Knowing that young patients like Saran and Yeshi are getting better fills us with pride, and drives us to keep working to ensure the right to healthcare in the Central African Republic.
When the outcome includes a smile…we’re pretty happy about it!
In the wake of the tragedy in Christchurch, EMERGENCY expresses its sympathy for the families of the victims, and to the people of New Zealand.
We’re trying. And judging by the expression of the little boy as he eats, and his mother’s smile, our recipe is seeing some success.