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Hayat walks again

Hayat’s name means life, yet she nearly lost hers when her family’s home in Yemen was bombed. Her sister Dunia was killed and Hayat’s foot was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated.  

Find out how we helped Hayat take her first steps.


 

The three-year-old is one of more than 6,000 people to have become disabled since Yemen’s civil war began in 2015. Most were injured by bomb blasts, land mines or gunshots.

Overall, more than 30,000 people have been wounded.

Rehabilitation centres still running

Health-care facilities have been badly affected by the conflict. Around 600 hospitals and medical centres have been forced to close because of insecurity and shortages of fuel, oxygen and medicines.

But the International Committee of the Red Cross is still able to run four rehabilitation centres around the country.

In 2016, these centres supported 25,400 people with disabilities. This includes fitting around 400 prosthetic limbs like Hayat’s new leg. They also supplied approximately 6,000 support devices  such as knee and ankle braces.

Civilians bear the brunt of war

Yemen’s civil war is one of the most violent in the world, yet it gets little media coverage. Approximately two million people have had to flee their homes, and 14 million face food shortages and hunger.

Despite efforts to resolve the conflict, violence in Yemen is likely to continue. The British Red Cross and our partners will work there as long as people like Hayat need our support.

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