Russian Federation: Abuyazid takes his first steps on the path to a dream
The ICRC is helping people in Ingushetia and elsewhere in the North Caucasus to overcome the consequences of past conflicts and current outbreaks of violence.
Abuyazid served in the interior ministry’s border control regiment. In 2008, a bullet hit him in the back as he stood guard. Despite five operations, he became bedridden. "I was shot on my 29th birthday." He smiles bitterly. "Which was not exactly the present I was hoping for."
Now Abuyazid and his wife live in a small rented house. She is unemployed and they have to survive on Abuyazid’s invalidity benefit.
But they have not given up. Thanks to an insurance payment and help from his friends, Abuyazid goes to Ukraine every six months for rehabilitation treatment, which gives at least some relief from the pain he suffers every day.
The ICRC heard about Abuyazid's story from the web, when his colleagues appealed for help to get him a wheelchair. ICRC staff visited the family, conducted an economic assessment and promised to help them.
Some time later, the ICRC team was back at Abuyazid's house, this time with the electric wheelchair he so badly needs. Abuyazid's landlord told the ICRC that his tenant would now be able to visit relatives who lived nearby and move around more independently. This social contact will help him focus on something other than his own situation, giving him a much-needed boost.
Abuyazid has a long rehabilitation process ahead of him, but he still hopes to recover his mobility. “I used to do a bit of carpentry,” he explains. “I might well go back to it. And the help I’ve received from the ICRC is the first step towards making that dream come true.”