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Iraq: "We had to start from scratch"

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Sarmad is holding his infant son, Anas, in his arms. “I’m constantly afraid for him,” he admits. “I’m afraid what happened to me will happen to him." "I was injured when a car packed with explosives plowed into a group," Sarmad explains. "Dozens of local people came to help us...

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Haiti: 700 emergency kits distributed

Haiti: 700 emergency kits distributed

“It’s been three months since Hurricane Matthew and Handicap International continues its work in Haiti despite a number of logistical complications, such as difficulties accessing people living in remote areas,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency response. Despite the difficulties, “Handicap International distributed over 700 emergency kits–each including...

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Haiti: Seven years after the quake

Haiti: Seven years after the quake

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing 230,000 and injuring more than 300,000. Immediately after the disaster, Handicap International mobilized to provide assistance to the victims. Seven years have passed and we’re still working to ensure that all Haitians–particularly those with disabilities–are not forgotten. "Seven years after the...

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Giving play to Rohingya refugee children

Giving play to Rohingya refugee children

Recent violence in Myanmar has forced an estimated 20,000 Rohingyas–a Muslim minority–to flee into Myanmar. Although this new refugee influx has alarmed the international community, the awful situation of Rohingya refugees is not new at all. The mass outflow from Myanmar to Bangladesh took place in 1991 and 1992, when...

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Iraq: Mine risk education for displaced children

Iraq: Mine risk education for displaced children

For over a year, Handicap International’s teams have been providing displaced children in Iraqi schools with information on the risk of mines and other explosive weapons. More than 100,000 people have taken part in these activities since the launch of our emergency response in Iraq. Handicap International’s teams visit schools...

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Syria: “I hope my baby won’t have to live through this”

Syria: “I hope my baby won’t have to live through this”

From the start of the Syrian crisis, Um Nabeel, 29, dedicated her life to helping the victims of the conflict, but four years ago, everything changed in an instant. “It was in December 2012,” Um Nabeel, a mother of four explains. “I went out to help people injured in a...

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Senegal: Decent work for Boubacar

Senegal: Decent work for Boubacar

Boubacar, 33, had polio as a child and now needs crutches to walk. Originally from Casamance in southern Senegal, Boubacar moved to Dakar after completing his baccalaureate, leaving his mother, six brothers, and sisters behind. After studying public law and receiving a master’s degree in migration rights, he started looking...

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Handicap International celebrates 20 years in Laos

Handicap International celebrates 20 years in Laos

On November 25, Handicap International staff, government ministers, and local authorities in Laos gathered in Chao Anouvong Park, in Vientiane, to celebrate 20 years of action in the country. At the event, Handicap International shared photos, videos, and a performance that highlighted the impact made from 20 years of dedicated...

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Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

This morning, Omar, a physical therapist, and Haider, a psychosocial worker, are visiting Widad in Jalawla. Several years ago, this young mother was injured by a car bomb while at the market in Iraq. Her sciatic nerve was damaged and she was immediately taken to the nearest hospital where she...

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