This report, based on interviews with survivors and humanitarian actors as well as a literature review, highlights the devastating consequences of the use of explosive weapons. Eight years of continuous use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA) has destroyed many parts of Syria and incapacitated most services, leaving Syrian civilians trapped on a never-ending waiting list to access their basic human rights: to walk again, to eat and drink, to play, to go to school, to work, to safely go back to the rubble of what used to be their home and build the life one deserves in safe environment. The report stresses that the needs of Syrian persons injured by explosive weapons, survivors, the families of those killed and injured, and affected communities from impacted areas, are worsened by the specific challenges to which humanitarian actors are faced for providing victim assistance in the country. The report focuses on the complexity of planning and implementing an effective response for survivors, the families of those killed or injured and affected communities in the context of EWIPA.
The full report can be found here in English / in French
– for the executive summary: in English / in French / in German / in Spanish
– for the testimony of Farah in English / in French / in German / in Spanish
– for the types of injuries caused by explosive weapons in English / in French / in German / in Spanish