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Supporting the most vulnerable in Freetown

Supporting the most vulnerable in Freetown

At least 312 people were killed and as many as 600 people reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday Aug. 11....

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So what is the Broken Chair?

So what is the Broken Chair?

The Broken Chair is the work of renowned sculptor Daniel Berset in 1997 at the request of Handicap International. It stands 39-feet tall at the Place des Nations, in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. It's original message was simple: to call for a ban on antipersonnel landmines...

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Neymar Jr becomes Handicap International ambassador

Neymar Jr becomes Handicap International ambassador

We're thrilled to welcome Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr. as the new ambassador of Handicap International. Through this partnership, Neymar is lending his huge fame to a good cause: empowering the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities living in poor countries, victims of conflicts and...

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"Aya doesn't die"—Giles Duley uncovers the shocking situation of disabled refugees on Unreported World

War photographer and amputee, Giles Duley, traveled with one of Handicap International’s mobile teams in Lebanon to visit the most vulnerable refugees. What he found shocked him to the core — incredible people living in desperate situations. Five-year old Aya...

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“Thanks to my new leg, I can go to school”

“Thanks to my new leg, I can go to school”

“With this new leg, I can do a lot of things,” explains ten-year-old Sophea. “My favorite games are playing ball, skipping rope, or duck, duck, goose. But going to school is what matters most to me.” Sophea dreams of leaving his small village in Cambodia so he can pursue his...

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“We want to pick up where we left off”

“We want to pick up where we left off”

“On February 26, we fled Mosul because the fighting had reached our district and our house was near the front line," explains Hossam's father, Anis. "We were displaced several times in the city before we decided to leave, because life was just too hard. We took refuge in Qayyarah camp,...

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“Now I can play jump rope!”

“Now I can play jump rope!”

Born premature at nearly 2.5 pounds, Channa's mother Sokra remembers the joy of seeing her adorable little face for the first time....

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The Convention on Cluster Munitions turns seven

The Convention on Cluster Munitions turns seven

Seven years ago, the Oslo Convention banning the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions entered into force. Despite the undeniable success of the convention, cluster munitions were used repeatedly in Syria and Yemen, according to the Cluster Munition Monitor 2016 report. In Syria, 76 attacks using cluster...

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Injured, hungry, and relieved

Injured, hungry, and relieved

When Simon, 17, and his four young sisters arrived at a refugee camp near the Kenyan border, he told us that all he could feel was relief. The responsibility of keeping his...

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Clearing hazardous land in Colombia

Clearing hazardous land in Colombia

In launching mine clearance operations earlier this year in Colombia, Handicap International teams conducted initial surveys to pinpoint hazardous areas throughout the country. Following the results, HI deployed a team of ten deminers to Venta, which is in the Cauca department, for a 45-day operation. 

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Shout if you have to

Shout if you have to

Jessica discusses ratifying the CRPD with Senator John McCain from Arizona during a 2013 visit to Capitol Hill. I just got home from another speaking engagement. I was in Boston, addressing an audience of 1,500. This isn’t my first rodeo—I’ve gotten used to the stage, the microphone, the...

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A big thanks to you on our 35th anniversary

Handicap International is 35 years old today! Founded on July 19, 1982, our teams have been working every day to change the lives of people with disabilities. It's because of your support, that we're able to be there to help.  We share a...

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Abdallah's greatest wish

Abdallah's greatest wish

Abdallah, 13, and his older brother play checkers using stones from the camp road and a piece of board scored with pencil lines. "The game helps Abdallah forget his pain for a while," explains Mohammad, a physical therapist with Handicap International. The game finishes and Abdallah pulls up the leg...

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Relying on her own two feet

Relying on her own two feet

“My whole family was sitting on the roof of our building when suddenly the bombs started falling," Raneen explains. "I remember seeing my body riddled with shrapnel and my leg covered in blood. Out of my family, I had the worst injuries.” Thirteen-year-old Raneen had to wait before she could...

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Recovering in peace

Recovering in peace

“The missiles began to fall in Mosul and I immediately passed out," Salah says of the day his world changed. "I woke up in the hospital. They told me I had shrapnel in my spine and might never walk again. They also told me that my eight-year-old daughter died the...

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Parents learn the importance of play

Parents learn the importance of play

As part of the Growing Together project, supported by the IKEA Foundation, Handicap International promotes early detection, stimulation, and rehabilitation sessions for children to prevent the onset of disabilities and improve their living conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Pakistan. Our teams teach parents, caregivers, and community volunteers...

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Giving hope to Amira

Giving hope to Amira

At Hasansham camp in Iraq, eleven-year-old Amira lies perfectly still and silent on a mattress, moving only to brush away the flies that buzz erratically above her head. When Handicap International’s physical therapist, Mohammad, arrives for her rehabilitation session, she keeps her eyes firmly shut and refuses to speak to him. It...

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Statement on Iraq ahead of global coalition to counter ISIL meeting

Statement on Iraq ahead of global coalition to counter ISIL meeting

Handicap International, along with 27 other NGOs working together to provide assistance and protection for civilians affected by the conflict in Iraq, share the following concerns and recommendations in advance of the meeting of the coalition to counter ISIL in Washington, D.C. Considerations for protecting civilians and ensuring access to assistance...

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Our winning idea!

Our winning idea!

We're thrilled to announce that Handicap International was selected as a winner of Amplify's Disability and Inclusion Challenge! The challenge: How might we reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities?  Our solution: Global toolbox for inclusive workplace adaptations for developing countries  With support from the Handicap International...

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The floor is lava!

The floor is lava!

Do you remember playing the floor is lava game as a kid? For some, it's not a game.Imagine that every step you take puts your life in danger. Imagine that every child's playtime could lead to death or serious injury. In 56 countries, this is the reality for many as...

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Getting back on track

Getting back on track

“I’m 32 and every way seems to be a dead end,” Omar explains to Abdelillah, a physical therapist with Handicap International. With shadows under his eyes, Omar looks exhausted as he sits in a small rehabilitation room at Azraq refugee camp. Omar sobs as he tells Abdelillah how he’s feeling....

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COSP: “Nothing about us without us"

COSP: “Nothing about us without us

(Pictured: Blandine Bouniol, Handicap International's deputy advocacy director, Jeff Meer, executive director of HI-US, and Katie Smith, member of the Advisory Council of HI-US.) Earlier this month, a delegation from Handicap International attended the annual Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the...

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Seeking refuge in Kakuma

Seeking refuge in Kakuma

Record numbers of people are fleeing war, drought, and famine in South Sudan and Somalia. People with disabilities or injuries are forced to take enormous risks to reach a place of safety. Handicap International is working hard to make sure that thousands of people in similar situations across East Africa...

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Providing assistance to displaced Syrians

Providing assistance to displaced Syrians

A truck filled with mattresses, blankets, and food rations makes its way through agricultural fields, toward a crowd, where Murad holds his daughters’ hands. The 40 year-old farmer’s life has drastically changed and he now relies solely on humanitarian aid. The truck pulls over and his two daughters line up...

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Days without food or sleep

Days without food or sleep

More than two million people have been affected by the humanitarian crisis in Grand Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Handicap International has sent emergency specialists to support its existing teams in the field. Sulu Bellarmin, who works as both the organization’s driver and logistics assistant, tells us about...

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Learning skills for employment in Bolivia

Learning skills for employment in Bolivia

Rubén Ignacio has been trained in the production of shoes. He thinks that the training he had provides a way to find shoes in his size since there are currently none on the...

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Rebuilding her life one therapy session at a time

Rebuilding her life one therapy session at a time

Today, Samra, 39, is making her way to Handicap International’s rehabilitation center for a group activity. She walks slowly along the camp tracks before finally reaching the organization’s caravan, where she joins a dozen other Syrian women, all roughly the same age as her. Handicap International staffer Bashayer, who is...

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Mobility for Mawada

Mobility for Mawada

Nader is holding a big package as he approaches a family’s tent in Khazer camp, Iraq, home to tens of thousands displaced Iraqis from Mosul. This is the second time that the Handicap International physical therapist has visited the family, which includes six-year-old Mawada, who has cerebral palsy. “When I...

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200 Feet off the ground

200 Feet off the ground

Throughout elementary school, I was often told to slow down while running on the playground. Teachers didn’t want me to go down the slide or jump off the high dive. I’ve always had an adventurous personality, so being told “no” simply fueled me to try new and exhilarating things.  ...

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“Just as you escape, they get you”

“Just as you escape, they get you”

On February 27, 2017, bombing reached into a new neighborhood in Mosul, closer to a growing family. Warda and her husband Ahmad recognized the danger, scooping up their daughter and fleeing with their relatives. “When we were just a few feet from the edge of the city, a man blew...

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