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After The Bombing Podcast, Episode 1: The impact of bombs on the human body

When explosive weapons are used in populated areas their effects tend to be indiscriminate, with a staggering proportion of death and injuries inflicted on civilians. Such use frequently causes high levels of immediate and long-term harm to individuals and communities. This series deals with the long-term and knock on effects, also referred to as reverberating effects, from bombing and shelling in towns, cities and other populated areas.

In this episode, INEW discusses the consequences of explosive weapons by bringing together survivors’ voices from Raqqa in Syria, as well as voices from the ground, including a trauma doctor from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Head of Humanitarian Affairs at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The episode also discusses the specific type of physical harms that occur from this method of warfare with the Centre for Blast Injuries Studies of Imperial College London and lastly speaks to what INEW and its members wants to see in the new political declaration to protect civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.


  • Uldduz Sohrabi of Article 36, Narrator
  • Alma Taslidžan Al-Osta of Humanity and Inclusion
  • Dr Emily Mayhew of Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London
  • Dr Marco Baldan of the ICRC
  • Sophie Desoulieres of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Donatella Rovera’s interviews with survivors through Amnesty International

INEW is an international network of NGOs that calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

INEW members engage in research, policy and advocacy to promote greater understanding of the issues that arise from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and concrete steps that can be taken to address it. INEW member organisations develop partnerships calling for improved government policy and operational practice at a national level, and work together to develop stronger standards internationally.

Many INEW member organisations work in countries affected by explosive violence – providing development assistance, documenting the impact of violence, assisting the victims of explosive weapons and clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices. See our current members.