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“Within seconds, my life was torn apart”

 “Within seconds, my life was torn apart”

“On August 17, 2012, I was cooking and the TV was on. I was six-months pregnant and was in the process of putting my five-year-old son to bed when I heard a noise. It all happened so quickly. There was an explosion. A loud bang. Then silence. I wanted to...

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Making inclusion Fair ‘n Square in Mozambique

Making inclusion Fair ‘n Square in Mozambique

In 2015, HI and UNICEF launched the latest version of the Fair ‘n Square website which features the testimonies from six children with disabilities who have benefited from HI’s support. The website looks at the ways in which children and adults with disabilities in Mozambique are discriminated against on...

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The WHO and HI draw attention to the needs of people inside Syria living with injuries and disabilities

The WHO and HI draw attention to the needs of people inside Syria living with injuries and disabilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Handicap International (HI) call attention to the needs of an estimated 3 million people in the Syrian Arab Republic living with injuries and disabilities, and call on the international community to scale up its support for their rehabilitation and reintegration into society. An estimated...

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Up for the challenge

Up for the challenge

This story was originally featured in our April 2017 edition of The Next Step. Aderito Ismael, HI's head of demining operations in Colombia and former head of demining in Mozambique shares about our operations in Colombia: Colombia is mountainous. Demining here is complicated. In rural areas, many routes are...

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“HI has given us reason to carry on”

“HI has given us reason to carry on”

“We left our country when the conflict began,” Hiyam tell HI’s team in Lebanon about fleeing the violence in Syria. “We didn’t want our sons and daughter to grow up with the war. When we arrived in Lebanon, we thought we’d be safe. Then one day, on my husband Talal’s...

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Pink Martini, toilets, and children like me

Pink Martini, toilets, and children like me

This is my first International Day of Persons with Disabilities since getting home from a five-month mission in Beirut, Lebanon, where I helped eight other NGOs make their water points, toilets, and hygiene facilities more inclusive for people with disabilities, older people, and the vulnerable. As a woman who is...

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Life as a Rohingya refugee with a disability

Life as a Rohingya refugee with a disability

Earlier this year, 17-year-old Abu Sadeq and 600,000 other Rohingya fled Myanmar in hopes of finding food, shelter, and a safe place to stay. Abu and ten members of his family made it to the Unichipalong camp in Bangladesh, but not without injury. He tells his story: Read more -->

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Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis

Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis

More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and 9,000 injured in the conflict in Yemen over the last three years. More than 70% of the population–21 million Yemenis–need emergency aid and to make matters worse, on November 6, a blockade was imposed, preventing the entry of food, medical supplies,...

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African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

What does this conference aim to achieve? The goal of this conference is to raise awareness of the use of explosive weapons and the devastating humanitarian impact this has on local populations, and to share key information on this issue. HI hopes that these discussions will lead to the emergence...

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HI completes mine clearance operations in Senegal

HI completes mine clearance operations in Senegal

Launched in 2011, the six-year mine action project in Casamance, has freed more than 160,000 sq.m of land – equivalent to 26 football fields! The threat from mines and explosive remnants of war–the legacy of a pro-independence conflict in the region in the 1980s and 1990s–has now been lifted for...

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