Handicap International’s emergency teams respond to conflict, natural disasters, and disease epidemics with a focus on assisting the most vulnerable victims. In particular, we seek out people with injuries and disabilities, the elderly, and isolated women and children.
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Late on Saturday night, Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the most violent in 35 years. Some 300 people have been killed, more than 2,500 others have been injured, and in excess of 70,000 people have been directly affected by the disaster.
According to recent estimates, the five-year Syrian conflict has left 470,000 people dead and 1.9 million injured, totaling nearly 12% of the population. More than 12.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Handicap International’s emergency mission in the Middle East is redoubling its efforts to bring aid and comfort to thousands of people affected by the fighting in Syria.
Since the beginning of 2014, 2.8 million Iraqis have fled fighting in the north and west of the country. More than one million traveled to Kurdistan. They join more than 248,000 Syrians seeking refuge there.
The unspeakable brutality of armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has left countless civilians with severe disabling injuries. Handicap International works in North Kivu province, providing support to vulnerable people caught in the region’s conflicts and to victims of explosive remnants of war and armed violence.
South Sudan has been undergoing a political crisis since December 2013, which has resulted in fighting and massive population movements. The number of internally displaced people has reached 1.5 million and some 730,000 South Sudanese have fled to other countries.
During and immediately after the conflict, Handicap International donated equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches to Al-Shifa hospital, where many of the injured were treated. The organization made its first donation on July 23, 2014.