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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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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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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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