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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

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

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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