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On the brink of famine

On the brink of famine

On Feb. 20, the United Nations declared that several regions of South Sudan are suffering from famine. As a result, 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation. Half of the country, some 4.5 million people, are surviving on what minimal resources they can find, or are facing starvation....

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What are cluster bombs?

What are cluster bombs?

Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions over the last two years in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, and Sudan. Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are overwhelmingly the main victims. But...

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Mapathon supports demining efforts in Laos

Mapathon supports demining efforts in Laos

Handicap International's first Mapathon to support demining, organized in partnership with CartONG, took place on February 15, 2017 at our Federation headquarters in Lyon, France. In only 3 hours, the participants were able to map an amazing 320 km of roads and tracks and 130 populated areas...

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Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home”

Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home”

It’s been four months since Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc in Haiti, causing thousands to lose their homes. Over the past few months, Handicap International has been distributing emergency kits and household items, benefiting more than 4,700 Haitians including Ulysse Cletide and his family.  Ulysse, who lives in the commune of...

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“Feeling safe is priceless”

“Feeling safe is priceless”

When the war started in Syria, Mohamad's mother Zhoor sent her son to Jordan to live with his grandparents. But after a year away, Mohamed, 9, missed his family and returned to Syria. Not long after arriving home, Zhoor and Mohamad's life changed forever. “Three days after he arrived, our...

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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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