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Colombia: Peace agreement and demining

Colombia: Peace agreement and demining

After more than 50 years of conflict, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace agreement. Between 1990 and 2013, landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) killed or maimed more than 11,000 people–children making up 26%–and left 31 of Colombia’s...

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Fire destroys orthopedic center in Burkina Faso

Fire destroys orthopedic center in Burkina Faso

In early June, in the town of Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa, a Handicap International orthopedic center caught fire and was almost completely destroyed. The causes of the fire are still unknown.  The corrugated roofs, blackened walls, and ash-covered floors bear witness to the intensity of the...

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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...

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Congolese Paralympians speed on Handicap International wheels

Congolese Paralympians speed on Handicap International wheels

On June 21, 2016, in preparation for the Paralympic Games held in Rio, Brazil, Handicap International presented 20 Congolese athletes with disabilities with racing wheelchairs. “The presentation of these wheelchairs by Handicap International is a source of pride and joy for the National Paralympic Committee of the Democratic Republic of...

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Cluster munitions: usage must be condemned

Cluster munitions: usage must be condemned

A new political declaration by States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (the Oslo Convention) makes it an imperative that members systematically condemn all uses of cluster munitions. These barbaric weapons have been used intensively and repeatedly in Yemen and Syria since the start of 2015. The declaration was...

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Promoting universal access to care for people with spinal cord injuries

Promoting universal access to care for people with spinal cord injuries

Every year around the world, more than 250,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries that can cause total or partial paralysis of the limbs and trunk. “In more than nine out of ten cases, the causes of these injuries—road traffic accidents, falls, or acts of violence—are preventable, and they can lead...

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President Obama pledges $90 million to Laos

President Obama pledges $90 million to Laos

President Barack Obama has doubled U.S. funding—to $90 million over three years—to clear the bombs and munitions polluting Laos, a South Asian nation that suffered near incessant U.S. bombing campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s. “From 1964-1973 the United States dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs...

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Interview: Handicap International's Commitment to UXO Clearance in Laos

Interview: Handicap International's Commitment to UXO Clearance in Laos

Since being accredited as a demining operator in 2006, Handicap International has cleared more than 25,000 unexploded ordnances (UXO) in Laos, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, on earth. Leonard Kaminski, the New Zealand-born chief of operations for Handicap International’s demining program in Laos, answers questions about Laos' UXO...

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President Obama to make historic Laos visit

President Obama to make historic Laos visit

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting American president to ever visit Laos. His historic trip comes more than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, during which the U.S. dropped more than two million metric tons of bombs on Laos, including more than...

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She’s just five years old, but war is all she has known

She’s just five years old, but war is all she has known

Huda, 5, was injured in an air strike in Syria, in June 2016.  Suffering from a traumatic brain injury and a fractured leg, the little girl is making a swift recovery thanks to the support of Handicap International. Three generations of the same family gather in their living room to...

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Syrian refugee relearns how to live after traumatic brain injury

Syrian refugee relearns how to live after traumatic brain injury

In April 2015, Ahmed, his wife and their three children were still living in Syria. One morning, Ahmed went out to buy bread and fruit for his family’s breakfast when he was caught in an air strike. After being hit in the head by shrapnel, he was found unconscious by...

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Libya: Children traumatized by five years of war

Libya: Children traumatized by five years of war

Handicap International has been working in Libya since 2011 after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Due to the country’s extreme instability, the organization relocated its regional headquarters to Tunisia in July 2014. However, Handicap International continues to operate inside Libya via mobile teams. Anne Barthès, who has been leading the...

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Lebanon: In tragedy's wake, two men build a friendship and a business

Lebanon: In tragedy's wake, two men build a friendship and a business

Ayman and Mohammad didn’t know each other before they arrived in Lebanon as refugees from Syria. Chance brought them together, where the two men are now rebuilding their lives with each other’s help and the support from Handicap International. The organization has provided them with rehabilitation and given them equipment...

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Emergency actions: making humanitarian aid accessible

Emergency actions: making humanitarian aid accessible

In an emergency, many of those already most vulnerable to the effects of disasters are unable to access crucial aid. For World Humanitarian Day, Handicap International reaffirms its commitment to making humanitarian aid accessible to every affected person without distinction. Ecuador, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Yemen, Ukraine,...

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Laos: Saving Lives and Preventing Injuries through UXO Risk Education

More than 50,000 people in Laos have been killed or injured by explosive remnants of war leftover from the Vietnam War. Millions of bombs still litter the land. Handicap International mine risk education teams educate children and adults about how to protect themselves and reduce the risk of accidents from...

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Laos: Empowering bomb survivors with disabilities

Laos: Empowering bomb survivors with disabilities

Between 1964 and 1973, the U.S. dropped millions of bombs on Laos as part of secret campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply routes through the country. Today, Laotians like Nang, a mother of five, are still being injured and killed by explosive remnants of war. Handicap International helps victims...

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Laos: Deminer protects others from her father’s fate

Laos: Deminer protects others from her father’s fate

The U.S. dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War. Handicap International’s Laotian demining teams have been clearing deadly unexploded ordnance (UXO) since 2006. Handicap International Deminer Lumngen explains what her job involves and what motivates her to do this challenging work.

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Jordan: Safa's progress

Jordan: Safa's progress

"Safa! Safa! Come and see who’s here,” shouts Ahmad, the little girl’s father, as he excitedly ushers Handicap International’s team into his home. Amer, a specialist in prostheses and orthoses, and Salam, a physical therapist, sit down in the living room. A few minutes later, a little girl in pink...

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Cambodia: Chetra's Resilience

Cambodia: Chetra's Resilience

Seven-year-old Chetra is one of the youngest patients at the Handicap International rehabilitation center in Kompong Cham, Cambodia. A motorcycle accident when he was three resulted in such grave injuries that doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee. Road accidents remain a leading cause of...

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Jordan: "I'm their teammate, not a girl with two prostheses"

Jordan:

Fourteen-year-old Salam recalls the day her life changed forever: “My neighborhood (in Syria) came under intense aerial bombardment. I was walking in the street with Falak, my big sister, when the bombs started falling with a deafening sound. My sister and I tried to take shelter, but a bomb fell...

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Lebanon: Zoheir, 6, "All I want to do is learn"

Lebanon: Zoheir, 6,

Zoheir, 6, has spina bifida, a congenital malformation that prevents him from walking. He took refuge with his family in Lebanon three years ago and has benefited from Handicap International’s assistance in the past few months. “When Zoheir was born, everything seemed normal,” says Mohammad, his father, as Elias, a...

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Lebanon: Bringing New Hope to a Young Girl with Cerebral Palsy and Her Family

Lebanon: Bringing New Hope to a Young Girl with Cerebral Palsy and Her Family

Afra, seven, was born with cerebral palsy, a serious neurological disorder that affects muscle coordination. As the situation in Syria grew more perilous, the family fled in January to Lebanon, where Handicap International’s team has been providing her with support. “My husband died as we were fleeing our neighborhood, which...

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Kenya: Permanent emergency in world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya: Permanent emergency in world’s largest refugee camp

Handicap International launched an emergency response in eastern Kenya to support a massive influx of refugees from Somalia in 2011. Fleeing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, hundreds of thousands of people settled in the Dadaab camp, the world's largest refugee camp, with a population of 450,000...

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Central African Republic: Truck fleets deliver aid to most isolated villages

Central African Republic: Truck fleets deliver aid to most isolated villages

What are Handicap International's logistics experts doing in Central African Republic? In addition to repairing 13 airstrips throughout the country, we hired truck drivers, and set up transport hubs to help humanitarian actors such as the UN and other NGOs deliver essential items to the most deprived...

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Handicap International condemns the latest air strike on hospital in Syria

“The international community must strongly condemn these air strikes,” says Jean-Pierre Delomier, head of Humanitarian Action at Handicap International. “Parties to conflicts must do everything possible to spare civilian lives. It is unacceptable for hospitals or health structures to be  damaged or destroyed by attacks, causing heavy loss of life...

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Cluster bombs still in use despite six-year-old ban

Cluster bombs still in use despite six-year-old ban

August 1st, 2016, marks the 6th anniversary of the entry into force of the Oslo Convention (Convention on Cluster Munitions), which bans the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions. Despite the success of the Convention, cluster munitions were used in five countries between July 2014 and July 2015:...

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Handicap International condemns repeated use of cluster munitions in Syria

Handicap International condemns repeated use of cluster munitions in Syria

Cluster bombs have been used in at least 47 airstrikes in Syria since May 27, 2016, according to a Human Rights Watch report issued on July 28. These offensives have killed dozens of civilians. “The international community must firmly condemn the repeated use of cluster munitions,” says Marion Libertucci,...

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Cluster bomb victim works to save others from his fate

Cluster bomb victim works to save others from his fate

Nouay Phonesomxay is Laos cluster bomb victim who became a Handicap International deminer. In May 2016, we caught up with Nouay as he and his team cleared land around Ponntong village, which was located near the former Ho Chi Minh Trail. During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese used the...

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Cambodia: Kanhara's Second First Steps

Cambodia: Kanhara's Second First Steps

Ten-year-old Kanhara looks at you solemnly. It is the look of someone who has not been sheltered from life and has had to fight to survive, despite her young age. This little girl had her right leg and arm amputated after being hit by a truck when she was barely...

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VIDEOS: Clearing Land and Saving Lives in Laos

VIDEOS: Clearing Land and Saving Lives in Laos

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