Überlebende von Landminenexplosionen tauschen Erfahrungen aus


Neues Rehabilitationsprogramm im Libanon (in Englisch)


(18.05.2011)

HAMMANA, Lebanon: Thirty-three land mine survivors participated in an innovative week-long training workshop and rehabilitation program aimed at assisting land mine survivors in overcoming their disabilities and facing the challenges caused by their injuries with greater self-confidence and resolve.

The training workshop, “Pathways to Resilience,” which took place from May 8-15, was organized by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University in collaboration with Lebanon Mine Action Center at the Pine Land Hotel and Resort in the mountainous village of Hammana.

“We need to continue living, with an iron will that is stronger than the wound itself,” said Naji, a land mine survivor and former army officer in the Iraqi army. Naji, whose arm was severed in a land mine explosion, used to be ashamed of his injury and hide his arm underneath his shirt, but he thinks differently following the workshop.

 

“Having a disability is nothing to be ashamed of and I have to adapt to my injury,” Naji said.

The workshop brought together land mine victims from Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen, as well as Lebanese and American psychology professors and social workers.

The workshop focused on empowering the participants to establish programs in their home countries to help other survivors develop their psychological and social skills.

The workshop included practical exercises and theoretical lessons, supplying participants with facts and testimonies, as well as practical instruction on assisting and guiding other survivors, and training in psychological rehabilitation.

The Lebanese team participating in the workshop suggested ideas to educate and train other activists in social and psychological rehabilitation, as well as setting up programs, similar to those implemented at the Lebanese University, which help accommodate land mine survivors and people with special needs by providing adequate parking and access to buildings.

Darine Omri, a participant from the district of al-Dalih in Yemen, whose leg was severed at the knee in a land mine explosion six years ago, said, “I had many problems, but I came to Lebanon and participated in this meeting, and I am able to overcome a large number of challenges. I can now recover from the psychological and emotional crises I have suffered, which limit my hopes and ambitions.”

“When I go back to my country, I will return with a high spirit. We can achieve anything,” Omri said.

Mohammad Samadi, 37, said he was in the Jordanian Armed Forces when he became the victim of a land mine explosion on the Jordanian-Israeli border in 1991. “We participated in this conference and though our education on land mine injuries was not bad, everything has changed now [since the conference]; we have overcome all crises and are moving foward,” Mohammad said.

At the end of the workshop, the participants showed off their creative skills and energy, after they broke through their fear, performing an expressive play narrating their stories and experiences.

According to writer and theater director, Ghanam Ghanam, the play addressed the participants’ emotions surrounding their injuries as well as the lack of rehabilitation centers for land mine survivors, and called for legislating and signing effective agreements banning land mines.

“The key benefit of our program is that the victims talk about their experiences” said Anne Stewart, psychology professor at JMU.

Source: The Daily Star >>>

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