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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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