Since 1988, the ICRC has been involved in orthopaedic and rehabilitation assistance to the disabled, from landmine victims to those with motor impairment. The organization provides the disabled with opportunities for social reintegration through micro-credit programmes, once physical rehabilitation is completed. Victims are given loans to start small businesses in a former trade or learn a new one (e.g. tailor, rug-maker, woodsman), allowing people to get on with their lives without having to depend on others, as beneficiaries often put it, ‘with dignity’. The ICRC has treated nearly 77,000 orthopaedic patients since 1988, including 32,000 amputees. The ICRC currently runs six orthopaedic centres in Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Gulbahar, Faizabad and Jalalabad.