Breaking News

Clearing land in Iraq

Clearing land in Iraq

After decades of conflict, Iraq is now one of the most contaminated countries in the world. Since early January, Handicap International's weapons clearance teams have identified, collected, and destroyed more than 1,000 explosives in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala, areas severely affected by the war.  “We have trained several...

Read more Share

Victim of a war she doesn’t understand

Victim of a war she doesn’t understand

One of Handicap International's youngest beneficiaries in Jordan is seven-year-old Salam. Now home from a six-month stay in a hospital, after suffering a serious injury to her leg in Syria, Handicap International's mobile team visits her regularly.  Her uncle, Ali, tells us about the day he met Salam in 2015....

Read more Share

Violence, a part of daily life in Yemen

Violence, a part of daily life in Yemen

“With more than 50,000 people killed or maimed in Yemen, and three million displaced since the start of the conflict two years ago, humanitarian needs remain high," explains Arnaud Pont, head of Handicap International’s emergency operations in Yemen. "Thousands [of people] need physical and functional rehabilitation care or psychological support....

Read more Share

Handicap International's short film award

Handicap International's short film award

This September, our colleagues at HI-France will present an inaugural "Handicap International Jury Special Award" at the International Disability Film Festival. The festival, held in in Cannes, France, mobilizes film professionals, patrons, and communities to participate in the promotion of a creative and civic difference. From professionals to amateurs–entries are welcome...

Read more Share

Iraqi teen: “We need to live”

Iraqi teen: “We need to live”

Jihan was severely burned when she was hit by a bombing in Mosul in 2016. “We were all at home,” she explains to members of a Handicap International mobile teams. “The sun was setting, and I’d gone to the kitchen to cook. Our house was hit and a missile...

Read more Share

Right-footed like me

Right-footed like me

My mom often told me about her struggles to keep my shirts straight. As a baby and a young child, my shirts would go off-center because I didn’t have arms to hold the sleeves in place.  But when I was small, she rarely told me what it was like...

Read more Share

Airstrike damages Handicap International-supported hospital

Airstrike damages Handicap International-supported hospital

A Handicap International-supported hospital in the governorate of Dara'a (South Syria) was indirectly hit by an airstrike on the evening of February 13. The strike injured several staff members, and damaged the building. According to Handicap International’s partner, wounded staff members include three medical personnel and one administrative employee....

Read more Share

Mine action: an essential component of humanitarian action

Mine action: an essential component of humanitarian action

Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Handicap International, attended the 20th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors, which ended on Feb. 10. He recently took time to explain Handicap International's commitment to humanitarian mine action. Handicap International has been involved in mine action since the...

Read more Share

Healing an Iraqi child’s arm and mind

Healing an Iraqi child’s arm and mind

Twelve-year-old Sawsan and her family live in Khazer, one of Iraq’s largest camps for displaced people. They've been displaced from home since January 2017. “When the fighting started in our neighborhood, we immediately fled Mosul,” explains Younes, Sawsan’s father. “We had almost reached safety when we were caught in an...

Read more Share

Refugees in Thailand

Refugees in Thailand

For the past few decades, Thailand has been a major destination country for asylum seekers and refugees from Myanmar. Since 1984, Thailand has provided refuge to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, and more recently to economic migrants. The population in the Thai refugee camps, located along the Myanmar-Thailand border, is...

Read more Share

Philippines: Assisting victims of Typhoon Nock-Ten

Philippines: Assisting victims of Typhoon Nock-Ten

Typhoon Nock-Ten struck 15 provinces in the Philippines on December 25, 2016 affecting more than 1.5 million people and destroying more than 124,000 homes. Approximately 316,000 individuals were displaced to evacuation centers. Many of those affected by the typhoon are now homeless and no longer have access to drinking water...

Read more Share

Colombia: "Women play a vital role in mine clearance"

Colombia:

Marta Quintero was fortunate. “When I was 14, I stumbled on a mine as I was walking through my village,” she explains. “It was so damp, it didn’t go off.”  Colombia's conflict zones are littered with mines. According to official figures, more than 11,102 people were killed or maimed by...

Read more Share

Refugee crisis: World must rise to meet the challenge

Refugee crisis: World must rise to meet the challenge

Persecution or armed violence have forcibly displaced more than 65 million people worldwide, according to the UNHCR. On Monday, September 19, the United Nations General Assembly is gathering in New York for the first-ever high level meeting looking specifically at this beleaguered community of the global homeless. Ahead of...

Read more Share

Growing Together: The early years

Growing Together: The early years

Nilutpaul, a disability officer from Bangladesh, carefully places his doll on her tummy. He listens as the trainers guide him through the early child development training. Soon, he will be the one to teach community workers and caregivers the importance of tummy time for young babies.  “Caregivers need to understand...

Read more Share

Gaming for good

Gaming for good

In November 2016, Dragon City, a game in which players breed and fight dragons against friends in a world of magical islands, hosted a charity event called Tuber Tournament. Dragon City game developers, Social Point, broke six gaming YouTubers into two teams–Cereal Killers and Disco Ninjas–to battle it out for...

Read more Share

Ukraine must not be forgotten

Ukraine must not be forgotten

On Monday, January 23, Arnaud Pont, who helps manage projects in Ukraine for Handicap International, attended in Brussels The Human Face of the Eastern Conflict conference, which is addressing the humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict. Arnaud gives an update on this forgotten crisis. Ukraine's current situation The conflict...

Read more Share

Colombia: gearing up to demine

Colombia: gearing up to demine

World's second most-densely mined country Ravaged by 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia is the world’s second-most densely mined country, just behind Afghanistan. Mines and explosive remnants of war contaminate land in 31 of Colombia's 32 regions. Since 1990, the use of improvised explosive devices has become systematic, generating more...

Read more Share

Figures

Figures

A few days ago I went to the store to grab a few items. As I was checking out, the cashier looked to me and said, “It’s nice to see you guys out and about.” Confused at first because I was by myself, she proceeded to explain that she...

Read more Share

Bangladesh: A decent job for Abul

Bangladesh: A decent job for Abul

When I first met Abul, he was making the finishing touches on a beautiful headboard, sanding down the edges to ensure the finishing was smooth. Prior to working at a carpentry shop in Sitakunda Upazila, a sub-district in rural Bangladesh, Abul spent two hours each day commuting on public transportation...

Read more Share

Syria: A family escapes conflict

Syria: A family escapes conflict

“We left Syria three years ago because of the bombing,” Haitham explains. “Our home was destroyed and my wife died of her shrapnel wounds. Other members of my family were killed too, and it traumatized the children. We lost everything, but my wife is my greatest loss. She can’t be...

Read more Share

Iraq: "We had to start from scratch"

Iraq:

Sarmad is holding his infant son, Anas, in his arms. “I’m constantly afraid for him,” he admits. “I’m afraid what happened to me will happen to him." "I was injured when a car packed with explosives plowed into a group," Sarmad explains. "Dozens of local people came to help us...

Read more Share

Haiti: 700 emergency kits distributed

Haiti: 700 emergency kits distributed

“It’s been three months since Hurricane Matthew and Handicap International continues its work in Haiti despite a number of logistical complications, such as difficulties accessing people living in remote areas,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency response. Despite the difficulties, “Handicap International distributed over 700 emergency kits–each including...

Read more Share

Haiti: Seven years after the quake

Haiti: Seven years after the quake

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing 230,000 and injuring more than 300,000. Immediately after the disaster, Handicap International mobilized to provide assistance to the victims. Seven years have passed and we’re still working to ensure that all Haitians–particularly those with disabilities–are not forgotten. "Seven years after the...

Read more Share

Giving play to Rohingya refugee children

Giving play to Rohingya refugee children

Recent violence in Myanmar has forced an estimated 20,000 Rohingyas–a Muslim minority–to flee into Myanmar. Although this new refugee influx has alarmed the international community, the awful situation of Rohingya refugees is not new at all. The mass outflow from Myanmar to Bangladesh took place in 1991 and 1992, when...

Read more Share

Iraq: Mine risk education for displaced children

Iraq: Mine risk education for displaced children

For over a year, Handicap International’s teams have been providing displaced children in Iraqi schools with information on the risk of mines and other explosive weapons. More than 100,000 people have taken part in these activities since the launch of our emergency response in Iraq. Handicap International’s teams visit schools...

Read more Share

Syria: “I hope my baby won’t have to live through this”

Syria: “I hope my baby won’t have to live through this”

From the start of the Syrian crisis, Um Nabeel, 29, dedicated her life to helping the victims of the conflict, but four years ago, everything changed in an instant. “It was in December 2012,” Um Nabeel, a mother of four explains. “I went out to help people injured in a...

Read more Share

Senegal: Decent work for Boubacar

Senegal: Decent work for Boubacar

Boubacar, 33, had polio as a child and now needs crutches to walk. Originally from Casamance in southern Senegal, Boubacar moved to Dakar after completing his baccalaureate, leaving his mother, six brothers, and sisters behind. After studying public law and receiving a master’s degree in migration rights, he started looking...

Read more Share

Handicap International celebrates 20 years in Laos

Handicap International celebrates 20 years in Laos

On November 25, Handicap International staff, government ministers, and local authorities in Laos gathered in Chao Anouvong Park, in Vientiane, to celebrate 20 years of action in the country. At the event, Handicap International shared photos, videos, and a performance that highlighted the impact made from 20 years of dedicated...

Read more Share

Highlights from 2016

Share

Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

This morning, Omar, a physical therapist, and Haider, a psychosocial worker, are visiting Widad in Jalawla. Several years ago, this young mother was injured by a car bomb while at the market in Iraq. Her sciatic nerve was damaged and she was immediately taken to the nearest hospital where she...

Read more Share