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A brighter future for Fetyan

A brighter future for Fetyan

Eleven-year-old Fetyan was out buying ice-cream with his cousin when he was caught in the middle of a terrorist attack. “It happened on June 23 at precisely 9:30pm,” Mohammad says of the day his son was injured in Mosul. “First, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the street. Fetyan,...

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Expanding response in aid of Rohingyas

Expanding response in aid of Rohingyas

Since the end of August, nearly 400,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Joining the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas present in the country, the new arrivals need food and drinking water, access to sanitary facilities, health care, rehabilitation sessions, and other accommodations. Handicap International...

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The Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty turns 20

The Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty turns 20

Navea, 18, lost her leg after stepping on a landmine in Cambodia.  The Ottawa Treaty was adopted on September 18, 1997 on the initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) of which Handicap International is a founding member. The Treaty bans the use, production,...

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Neymar Jr. says it’s time to “STOP”

Neymar Jr. says it’s time to “STOP”

On Sept. 16, Neymar Jr. told his 81 million Instagram followers that he stands with our Stop Bombing Civilians campaign. The soccer start wrote “STOP” on his hand, then posted a selfie on Instagram. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, children benefiting from his foundation, Instituto Neymar Jr., added...

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Bombing in urban areas

Bombing in urban areas

Indiscriminate bombing destroys homes, schools, shops, playgrounds, hospitals, and factories. In the Iraqi city of Mosul, the target of intensive bombing between October 2016 and July 2017, of the buildings that were affected, 80% were residential. During that time, bombings damaged or destroyed more than 8,500 homes. Survivors have little...

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Stop Bombing Civilians

Stop Bombing Civilians

The problem Imagine a bustling neighborhood filled with children playing, surrounded by markets, schools, hospitals, and factories. Now imagine that same thriving neighborhood, except with bombed-out homes and buildings, scattered across a war zone. It's startling to envision, but it's the reality when wide-area explosives are used in...

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Neymar Jr: your chance to win a signed soccer ball!!

Visit this post on HI France’s Instagram account, and write “#NeymarForHI” in the comments for your chance to win *** a signed soccer ball by Neymar Jr.!!!! ***   Here are the rules.

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Haiti: Preparing for a logistics challenge

Haiti: Preparing for a logistics challenge

The town of Cap Haïtien, the largest population center in the north of the island, is home to more than 300,000 people, many of whom live in shanty towns. “Most homes are poorly built, and some are made from corrugated iron, wood, and mud, so Irma is likely to leave...

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Haiti: Helping isolated families protect themselves

Haiti: Helping isolated families protect themselves

After devastating several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Irma is moving toward Haiti’s northern coastline. People living in this disaster-prone country with frail infrastructure and ill-equipped emergency services are preparing for the worst. Since 2013, our teams have been helping isolated and vulnerable individuals protect themselves in natural disasters like Irma through...

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Hurricane Irma: Preparing to help the most vulnerable

Hurricane Irma: Preparing to help the most vulnerable

“This country is frequently affected by natural disasters, but we do not get used to it,” says Catherine Stubbe, director of Handicap International in Haiti. “The vulnerability of the population is growing. There are few natural obstacles, very few trees in particular, that can withstand heavy rains or floods, and...

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Hurricane Irma: HI on standby in Haiti

Hurricane Irma: HI on standby in Haiti

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, is barreling through the Caribbean, and will pass to the north of Haiti on Thursday, September 7. Our colleagues in Haiti are on high alert. “We're ready to launch a response to the hurricane, which could have disastrous consequences,”...

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Irma Updates

Irma Updates

HI BLOG: Preparing for a logistics challenge  HI BLOG: Helping isolated families protect themselves #HurricaneIrma Alert: HI teams in #Haiti stand ready to respond. Our latest #Irma updates here:...

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Laos: Protecting 10,000 People from Cluster Bombs

Laos: Protecting 10,000 People from Cluster Bombs

This blog was originally posted in January 2015. Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, cluster bombs and other explosives leftover from the war continue to claim, on average, one new victim a week in Laos. Laos was not fighting in the Vietnam War, but the U.S. conducted about...

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Cluster munitions: weapons made to massacre

Cluster munitions: weapons made to massacre

Cluster munitions have been banned since 2010 with the enforcement of the Oslo Convention, which prohibits their use, production, storage, and transfer. Handicap International has made a significant contribution to this progress. Anne Héry, head of advocacy at Handicap International...

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Death toll rises from Freetown mudslides

Death toll rises from Freetown mudslides

At least 500 people, including 150 children, have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, with hundreds more missing. The scale and trauma of the disaster that took place in the capital of Sierra Leone on August 14 is becoming clear.

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1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Since the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013, Uganda has offered a place of safety to people fleeing from the conflict. On August 17, the Government of Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency announced that the staggering threshold of 1 million South Sudanese refugees has...

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The moments I say no

The moments I say no

As you may know, I never say, “I can’t” but that doesn’t mean that I won’t say “no.” One of the most pivotal moments in my life was the day I said no to prosthetic arms. I used them for 11 years. Then one day, I decided enough was enough....

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Nepal: worst floods in 15 years

Nepal: worst floods in 15 years

Floods and landslides have hit southern Nepal over the past week, causing 123 deaths. At least 35 people are missing, while thousands of houses were inundated across the Terai, the southern portion of the country. The disaster has so far affected more than 1 million people, according to the Office of...

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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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