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Two years after the quake

Two years after the quake

"We felt the earth shake,” Uma recalls of the 2015 Nepal quake. “My brother, Umesh was just in front of me. The stable wall collapsed and I was trapped underneath it. I woke up in hospital, with a strange feeling of loss and in a lot of pain. I was...

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Part of a sustainable effort

Part of a sustainable effort

A mutual love of travel and a commitment to service brought Gina Febbraro and Ajay Kapoor together in 2006. Giving to international organizations is one of many values they share, and it’s a critical component of how they are raising their six-year-old daughter, Priya, to be globally conscious. “We’re...

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West Africa: Breaking down barriers so kids can attend school

West Africa: Breaking down barriers so kids can attend school

In West Africa, millions of children don’t complete elementary school. Some have never been to school. Handicap International estimates that a third of these children have a disability. Our inclusive education program, which runs in nine West African countries, aims to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn,...

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Iraq: “Handicap International saved my life”

Iraq: “Handicap International saved my life”

“I was waiting for you!” says Adnan, 51, with a smile, as his Handicap International physical therapist Mohammad arrives at his tent in Hasansham camp for Iraqis who fled fighting in Mosul, Iraq. “Handicap International is the only organization that has helped me since I arrived. You’re always welcome in...

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Iraq: More than 2,000 explosives destroyed in two months

Iraq: More than 2,000 explosives destroyed in two months

Handicap International began its weapons clearance operations in Iraq in January 2017. Since then, the organization has destroyed more than 2,000 explosive remnants of war in areas affected by heavy fighting. Outside Kirkuk, Iraq, Handicap International weapons clearance experts dressed in blue protective gear inspect a field, under the curious...

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Giving a voice to Syrians

Giving a voice to Syrians

In January 2017, French photographer Philippe de Poulpiquet spent two weeks with Handicap International’s teams in Jordan and Lebanon. Every day they went out to visit Syrian refugees, including numerous victims of explosive weapons. This exhibition, supported by ECHO (the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid...

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One emergency to another: Nepal to Iraq

One emergency to another: Nepal to Iraq

Pushpak Newar has dedicated a decade of his occupational therapy career to Handicap International. Instrumental in our emergency response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake, he joined colleagues in Iraq in 2016, to coordinate rehabilitation. He recently reflected on the two emergencies: A natural disaster caused Nepal’s emergency,...

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Mosul, Iraq: Protecting Civilians Returning to a War Zone

Mosul, Iraq: Protecting Civilians Returning to a War Zone

Heavy fighting in Mosul, Iraq, has driven 430,000 civilians from their homes since last October. More than 90,000 people have since returned to parts of the city retaken by the army. To protect civilians who choose to go home, Handicap International is teaching people about the explosive remnants of war...

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South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

In 2013, following intense fighting and fearing for his life, Uguok Ajang Goldit an 80-year-old single man living with scoliosis–a congenital deformity of the spinal column–fled his home in Malakal, South Sudan. Along with thousands of others, he sought refuge at the nearest United Nations base, which has since become...

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Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

A major food crisis triggered by drought and conflict is affecting more than 20 million people in East Africa. In Ethiopia, drought is greatly affecting the region, putting nearly 5.6 million people in dire need of aid. Handicap International is working to ensure that vulnerable people in Ethiopia–older people, people...

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Gabby Giffords: A woman without barriers

Gabby Giffords: A woman without barriers

On January 8, 2011, I left the gym in Casas Adobes, Arizona to head home. It felt like every other visit to the gym–60 minutes of exercising with a trainer, a quick rest, and off I went. But this time was different.  It was just a few blocks...

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Famine: Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years

Famine: Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda,...

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A new independence for Payam

A new independence for Payam

“Before I met Handicap International’s team, my life was completely different,” explains 21-year-old Payam. Payam was born with one kidney and other various medical issues. “I didn’t work and was quite depressed,” she continues. “I was sitting at home most of the time, thinking that I couldn’t even help my...

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Mosul: 150 civilians killed in coalition attack

Mosul: 150 civilians killed in coalition attack

More than 150 civilians were reported killed in an international coalition airstrike on Mosul’s Al-Jadida district on March 17. “We strongly condemn the heavy price paid by civilians in Mosul since the start of the military offensive against the Islamic State group last October,” said Anne Héry, head of advocacy...

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Mosul: thousands fleeing daily, high civilian casualties

Mosul: thousands fleeing daily, high civilian casualties

Military forces launched the second phase of their offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq, in mid February. Since then, more than 150,000 people have fled the fighting in the western part of the city. The flow of displaced people is increasing, with an average of 9,000 newly displaced people every day....

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Madagascar: Rebuilding 22 schools

Madagascar: Rebuilding 22 schools

400,000 people were affected by cyclone Enawo, which hit Madagascar in early March. According to the latest reports, 250 people were injured, 78 were killed, and 18 are missing. Many homes and public buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the cyclone and floods and a total of 1,244 classrooms...

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Responding to Cyclone Enawo

Responding to Cyclone Enawo

Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar. As of March 6, authorities report severe damage from the cyclone and subsequent flooding, especially in Antahala, where they believe 80% of homes were destroyed as well as 100% of crops. The national...

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Mosul: 75,000 displaced in the last month

Mosul: 75,000 displaced in the last month

Six months ago, the Iraqi city of Mosul became a battleground. As of March 17, several hundreds of thousands civilians are trapped within the city and hundreds of thousands more have escaped. In one month alone, more than 75,000 people managed to flee. “Since February, humanitarian needs have increased tremendously,”...

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Syria: the situation is disastrous

Syria: the situation is disastrous

Handicap International has been working to support Syrians impacted by the ongoing crisis since 2011. Over the years, the conflict has reached unimaginable levels of brutality. At the center of this spiral of violence is the issue of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and its disastrous consequences...

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Syria: Six years of conflict

Syria: Six years of conflict

Wednesday, March 15, marks the sixth anniversary of the Syrian crisis. Handicap International has been providing assistance to the Syrian people since just after the start of the war, and began carrying out activities within the country four years ago. Currently, our 500-plus staff works across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and...

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Madagascar: 52,000 affected

Madagascar: 52,000 affected

Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar and will end its course in the Anosy region. Madagascar authorities have reported severe damage caused by the cyclone and the subsequent flooding, especially in Antahala, where they believe 80% of homes were destroyed as well as 100% of crops. The national office of...

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Celebrating women with disabilities

Celebrating women with disabilities

Today, March 8, marks an important day for women around the world: International Women’s Day. At Handicap International, we celebrate all of the courageous women who have worked so hard to achieve their dreams, especially those with disabilities. We recognize the exceptional achievements of working women with disabilities, acknowledging the...

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On the brink of famine

On the brink of famine

On Feb. 20, the United Nations declared that several regions of South Sudan are suffering from famine. As a result, 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation. Half of the country, some 4.5 million people, are surviving on what minimal resources they can find, or are facing starvation....

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What are cluster bombs?

What are cluster bombs?

Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions over the last two years in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, and Sudan. Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are overwhelmingly the main victims. But...

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Mapathon supports demining efforts in Laos

Mapathon supports demining efforts in Laos

Handicap International's first Mapathon to support demining, organized in partnership with CartONG, took place on February 15, 2017 at our Federation headquarters in Lyon, France. In only 3 hours, the participants were able to map an amazing 320 km of roads and tracks and 130 populated areas...

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Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home”

Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home”

It’s been four months since Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc in Haiti, causing thousands to lose their homes. Over the past few months, Handicap International has been distributing emergency kits and household items, benefiting more than 4,700 Haitians including Ulysse Cletide and his family.  Ulysse, who lives in the commune of...

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“Feeling safe is priceless”

“Feeling safe is priceless”

When the war started in Syria, Mohamad's mother Zhoor sent her son to Jordan to live with his grandparents. But after a year away, Mohamed, 9, missed his family and returned to Syria. Not long after arriving home, Zhoor and Mohamad's life changed forever. “Three days after he arrived, our...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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