Afghanistan: landmine and accident victims take their message of hope to the sky
11-11-2009 News Release 09/228
Kabul (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is holding a kite-flying competition today for wheelchair-bound patients at its rehabilitation centre in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
The event aims to draw attention to the needs and expectations of civilians in war-torn Afghanistan as part of a global campaign, called " Our world. Your move. " , highlighting today's most pressing humanitarian challenges and the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of others.
" The spirit of the Afghans is remarkable, " said Khaled Hosseini, author of the acclaimed novel The Kite Runner . " All they sometimes need is a helping hand, like those wheelchair users who were given a lifeline by the ICRC ortho centre, to reclaim their lives and move on. "
The ICRC's limb-fitting and rehabilitation programme helps over 30,000 Afghans every year.
" Many people, like our kite-flying participants today, have lost limbs as a direct or indirect consequence of the conflict, " said Reto Stocker, the head of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan. " But, admirably, they have not lost hope. "
The ICRC, the Afghan Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies together form the largest humanitarian network in Afghanistan.For further information, please contact:
Bijan Farnoudi, ICRC Kabul, tel: + 93 700 282 719
Simon Schorno, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 251 9302