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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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9 to 5

9 to 5

On Dec. 3, we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This month, we also mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At no point in my lifetime have so many people with disabilities had so many opportunities and attention...

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Equal rights for people with disabilities

Equal rights for people with disabilities

On December 13, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Priscille Geiser, Handicap International’s head of the support for the civil society unit, reflects on the history of the Convention and the progress it has instigated for people with disabilities.  Convention in brief...

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Mosul: 75,000 people have fled

Mosul: 75,000 people have fled

Over the last six weeks, more than 75,000 people have fled the fighting in Mosul and the surrounding area. Dozens of Handicap International field staff are providing rehabilitation care and psychosocial support to people–particularly those with disabilities and other vulnerable populations–in the Khazer camp, one of the main displacement areas....

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Shahoud and his team of heroes

Shahoud and his team of heroes

It all started during a risk education session run by Handicap International in northern Syria. Our team was visiting a school within a displaced persons camp when the children told them about one of their friends who lost his right hand just a few months ago. “His name is Shahoud,”...

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Haiti: 54 tons of aid

Haiti: 54 tons of aid

It’s been eight weeks since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, and tens of thousands of people are still in need of aid. Many are living in makeshift shelters and do not have easy access to healthcare or drinking water. A cholera outbreak continues to pose a threat. Logistical constraints  Flooding in...

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“I want women to know they have rights!"

“I want women to know they have rights!

Christine, 30, lives in West Pokot County, Kenya. A mother of three children, she works in the fields and sells vegetables at the market. Since she was a girl, Christine has seen communities in her region torn apart by violence. “I didn’t have to think twice about becoming a peace...

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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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Thailand: Finding a friend for Julia

Thailand: Finding a friend for Julia

“Julia has no friends," Sue Mite Tar says of her eight-year-old daughter. "Other children don’t like to play with her because she’s too slow." Sue watches her daughter play a fishing game, while chatting with Handicap International staff. "This rehabilitation center is the only place where Julia can play, be...

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