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Indonesia earthquake: team assessing needs in worst-affected areas

Indonesia earthquake: team assessing needs in worst-affected areas

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. The earthquake flattened more than 200 houses and buildings, including shops and mosques, in the worst-affected districts of Bireuen and Pidie Jaya. At least 97 people have been killed and more than 200 injured. Aceh province has declared...

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Thailand: "I don't want to leave my brother alone"

Thailand:

Twice a week, Saw, 12, takes his little brother Kyan, 4, to the Handicap International rehabilitation center. It’s a 15 minute walk through the refugee camp, along steep and often inaccessible paths, with his brother’s weight heavy on his back. But Saw persists, because the rehabilitation sessions are far too...

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Bolivia: Providing rehabilitation care to thousands

Bolivia: Providing rehabilitation care to thousands

“Qualified rehabilitation professionals are in short supply in Bolivia with very few training courses, particularly outside the capital,” explains Narel Gomez, Handicap International’s rehabilitation project manager. “One of our top priorities is to boost the skills of professionals working in the sector and to help people with disabilities become more...

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Iraq: "The Mosul offensive raises fears of a major humanitarian crisis"

Iraq:

There are fears that the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul could result in a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale. More than one million people may be forced to flee to escape the fighting, in a country where at least 3.3 million people have already been uprooted. Handicap...

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Syria: "The smell of death was floating in the air"

Syria:

“There was smoke everywhere and the smell of death was floating in the air,” says Mohammad, a man from northern Syria. “I felt death too. I just remember my friend who took me in his arms before I lost consciousness. I then woke up in a hospital a few hours...

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Syria: "Our greatest victory is to see her smile again"

Syria:

A few months ago, some people in the internally displaced persons camp in northern Syria told Handicap International’s team about Jamila. “When we entered her tent, we introduced ourselves and explained how we could help her,” explains Mustafa, a Handicap International psychosocial worker. “After assessing her needs I realized that...

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HI Project Officer, Pauline Lavirotte: People in Haiti need immediate help

HI Project Officer, Pauline Lavirotte: People in Haiti need immediate help

Handicap International Project Officer, Pauline Lavirotte, is coordinating the organization's efforts to meet the basic needs of the people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. On her return from an assessment mission in Jean-Rabel, in the north-west part of the country, she shared her concerns about the long-term impact of...

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Typhoon Haima in the Philippines: Handicap International assessing the needs of those affected

Typhoon Haima in the Philippines: Handicap International assessing the needs of those affected

Typhoon Haima, the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines in three years, made landfall on October 19, displacing more than 90,000 people from their homes. Handicap International staff is traveling to the affected areas to assess the needs of local communities. The province of Cagayan, in the north...

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Haiti Update: HI mobile team treat the injured

Haiti Update: HI mobile team treat the injured

Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, 1.4 million are still in need of humanitarian aid and 750,000 require immediate assistance. In Les Cayes, authorities have reported more than 3,000 injuries. Handicap International’s team see an extreme scarcity of healthcare facilities and those that do exist have only limited resources...

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Typhoon Haima hits the Philippines: Handicap International on alert

Typhoon Haima hits the Philippines: Handicap International on alert

Typhoon Haima, carrying winds up to 160 mph, is expected to make landfall on the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines over the next few hours. This intense typhoon could affect thousands of people, 266 municipalities and seven provinces, with the potential of causing considerable damage. “The typhoon could...

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Haiti Update: A day in the life of Handicap International’s team in Les Cayes

Haiti Update: A day in the life of Handicap International’s team in Les Cayes

Handicap International’s emergency response team arrived in Les Cayes on October 11, a week after Hurricane Matthew, to support staff already on the ground in Haiti. The ten-member team is working on a dual mission: assessing the scope of the disaster in the Sud and Grand’Anse regions and offering care...

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The Philippines threatened by Typhoon Haima

The Philippines threatened by Typhoon Haima

Typhoon Sarika struck the Philippines on October 15, impacting more than 8,000 people and causing serious flooding. The Philippines is now preparing to face the arrival of Typhoon Haima, set to hit later this week. Having formed over the Pacific Ocean, the typhoon has rapidly intensified with winds of up...

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HI Logisitics Officer, Elie Codjia: "Using my expertise to help others"

HI Logisitics Officer, Elie Codjia:

Elie Codjia is from Benin and has worked for Handicap International since 2016 as a Project Officer. Elie is responsible for implementing logistics platforms–a vital component of the organization's emergency response work. He is currently in Haiti helping individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew, and took time to explain why works...

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Haiti Relief: Three ways you can help

Haiti Relief: Three ways you can help

Nearly a month after Hurricane Matthew, conditions in Haiti remain extremely alarming. 2.1 million people have been affected and almost 13% of the country’s population still needs immediate assistance. “We are working to supply immediate aid to survivors who have lost everything. Casualty numbers are high,” said Hélène Robin, head of Handicap...

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Haiti Update: Delivering aid by sea

Haiti Update: Delivering aid by sea

“It is still very difficult to access people affected by the hurricane,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency operations. “The major roads are almost impassable for lorries transporting humanitarian aid and there have been no large-scale food distributions yet. There’s nothing left to eat, the crops have been...

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Haiti Update: Stranded in Les Cayes

Haiti Update: Stranded in Les Cayes

Following the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the uniformed students have deserted their desks at the Philippe Guerrier High School, located in the center of Les Cayes, the largest city in southwest Haiti. Dozens of families from surrounding neighborhoods have taken refuge in the local school, trying to make the most...

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Protection from natural disasters

Protection from natural disasters

Hurricane Matthew’s passage through the Caribbean last week demonstrates the importance of preparing people–in particular, those who are isolated–for natural disasters. The goal is to limit the loss of life and the long-term consequences.  How do we help villagers facing floods or droughts? How do we put contingency plans into...

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Haiti Update: Handicap International mobilizes team

Haiti Update: Handicap International mobilizes team

“The main road between Port-au-Prince and Jérémie, the biggest city in the southwest of Haiti remains impassable for vehicles,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency operations. “We are going to organize the transport of humanitarian aid by local carriers with boats. This will enable humanitarian organizations working in...

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Haiti Update: “We’ve lost our home, our crops, everything”

Haiti Update: “We’ve lost our home, our crops, everything”

Fonfrède, a rural neighborhood in the city of Les Cayes; strung along the valley of La Ravine du Sud–the region’s main river–was one of the areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew. The landscape still bears the scars of the disaster. Uprooted trees, flooded crops, and roofless homes bear witness to...

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Haiti Update: “The entire city has been destroyed”

Haiti Update: “The entire city has been destroyed”

Haiti’s capital, Jérémie, part of the Grand’Anse region, is one of the cities most affected by Hurricane Matthew. Romel, a young man in his thirties, described the conditions in his city. “I live in Caracolie, a neighborhood of Jérémie. When you climb the hills around the city, you can see...

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Haiti Update: 1.4 million need immediate aid

Haiti Update: 1.4 million need immediate aid

Nearly a week after Hurricane Matthew, with the death toll rising above 1,000, conditions in Haiti remain extremely alarming. 2.1 million people have been affected in the regions of Grand’Anse, Sud, Nippes, Sud-Est, Artibonite, and Nord-ouest and almost 13% of the country’s population still needs immediate assistance, according to the...

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Haiti update: “In a few days, we won’t have anything else to eat”

Haiti update: “In a few days, we won’t have anything else to eat”

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Oct. 4, it devastated part of the country and destroyed thousands of homes. The United Nations estimates that more than 2.1 million people have been affected, of whom 1.4 million need immediate help. For these families, who were already living in extreme...

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Haiti Update: More than 750,000 need immediate aid

Haiti Update: More than 750,000 need immediate aid

As the death toll in Haiti soars to more than 800 following Hurricane Matthew, humanitarian organizations including Handicap International face a race against the clock. Rising casualty numbers threaten to overwhelm the few health centers and hospitals not hit by the disaster. Large sections of the population are also at...

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Haiti update: more than 800 dead, extensive damage

Haiti update: more than 800 dead, extensive damage

Three days after Hurricane Matthew roared over Haiti, the death toll continues to climb. Haitian authorities say that the storm robbed more than 800 people of their lives. The winds and storm surges caused severe damage, and left 350,000 people in need of humanitarian aid, according to United...

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Hurricane Matthew death toll mounts; 350,000 Haitians need immediate assistance

Hurricane Matthew death toll mounts; 350,000 Haitians need immediate assistance

Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti on Oct. 4, caused more than 100 deaths, and has affected more than one million Haitians, of whom 350,000 need immediate assistance. Access to large swathes of the affected southern area—one-quarter of the country—remains difficult and the scale of the damage means humanitarian...

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Haiti: “Access to affected populations is our top priority”

Haiti: “Access to affected populations is our top priority”

Handicap International’s teams already present in Haiti are preparing to assess the damage and the essential needs of affected populations. Another team is expected to arrive in Haiti tomorrow evening to help organize the response and facilitate access by humanitarian organizations to areas affected most by Hurricane Matthew. Audrey Lecomte,...

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Aleppo – civilians under bombs

Aleppo – civilians under bombs

Eastern districts of Aleppo, located in north Syria, have been targets of explosive weapons–including cluster bombs, over the past two weeks. The damage to the civilian population is truly devastating. 320 civilians have been killed­–including approximately 100 children–according to the United Nations. Handicap International calls for immediate action to end...

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Haiti: “Some people may have lost everything”

Haiti: “Some people may have lost everything”

In the next 48 hours, Handicap International will deploy a team of eight to support our team already present in Haiti. Our response will focus on providing logistics support at the request of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) to help conduct the first situation and humanitarian needs...

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Haiti: Millions threatened by Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: Millions threatened by Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the south-western tip of Haiti on Oct. 4, and could affect millions of people in Haiti before reaching Cuba the same day, according to the United Nations. The Haitian government is asking the international community for help. With 100 Handicap International staff already...

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Haiti: Handicap International prepares to launch response as Matthew nears landfall

Haiti: Handicap International prepares to launch response as Matthew nears landfall

Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm on the scale of hurricane intensity, is making landfall in Haiti, and will pass Cuba later today and tomorrow, affecting thousands of people. With winds predicted to reach 160 miles per hour, the hurricane could cause heavy rain, flooding and landslides in...

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