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Expanding emergency response in Mosul

Expanding emergency response in Mosul

“Almost seven months after the start of the military operation to recapture the city of Mosul, more than 12,000 civilians have been injured in the assault or as they tried to escape the fighting,” explains Maud Bellon, Handicap International’s field coordinator for the Mosul emergency response. “More than half come...

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Making friends through rehabilitation

Making friends through rehabilitation

Ahmed’s big sister Jamila pushes his wheelchair toward the rehabilitation center in Jordan's Azraq camp for a physical therapy session. Last year, eight-year-old Ahmed, who has cerebral palsy, along with his five siblings and parents, fled Syria. “We had to leave Ahmed’s wheelchair, and carry him all the way,”...

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Making limbs using 3D printing technology

Making limbs using 3D printing technology

In many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5%-15% of people who require assistive devices, including artificial limbs, have access to them. In areas that are remote or dangerous, specialized health professionals can be scarce and materials expensive. Poorly made or unadjusted artificial limbs can make life uncomfortable for patients by...

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Saving lives on the road

Saving lives on the road

Every year, about 1.27 million people are killed in road crashes and more than 20 million people are seriously injured worldwide. On Global Road Safety Week, May 8-17, the United General Assembly addresses a key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries: Speed. Speed contributes to around one-third...

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Djamila: Standing tall in Thailand

Djamila: Standing tall in Thailand

Finding Djamlia In June 2015, four-year-old Djamila’s life changed. Handicap International teams were searching the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand for people with disabilities who needed help when they heard about her case and tracked her down. Born with spina bifida, with paralysis in her lower limbs, Djamila could...

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A brighter future for Freddy

A brighter future for Freddy

"One day, when I was 24 years old, I was with my uncle and we found a long tube,” Freddy explains. “I tapped it with a hammer and it exploded, seriously injuring my hand.” Freddy, along with his wife and daughter lived in the countryside,...

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Africa food crisis: A looming disaster

Africa food crisis: A looming disaster

A severe food crisis is advancing across East Africa, Nigeria, and Yemen, with more than 20 million people at risk. Xavier Duvauchelle, Handicap International’s desk officer for the East Africa region, explains the scale of the disaster and how our teams on the ground are responding. What can you tell...

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Getting Harith back on his feet

Getting Harith back on his feet

The metal external fixations reaching out from nine-year-old Harith’s leg testify to the severity of his accident. “They began bombing our neighborhood late last year,” explains his father, Younes. “One morning, we tried to flee Mosul by car but a rocket fell on us. My brother died instantly and my...

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Colombia: “I picked it up, and it exploded”

Colombia: “I picked it up, and it exploded”

“I didn’t know what it was,” Jemerson explains of the mine he found on the road in May 2015. He was ten, and he and his two cousins were heading to a farm to gather mandarins. “It was an accident. I picked it up with my right hand, then my...

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Surviving the Nepal Earthquake: Ramesh's Story

Surviving the Nepal Earthquake: Ramesh's Story

Ramesh Khatri had both of his legs amputated after a building collapsed on top of him during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Physical therapist Sunil Pokhrel and the rest of the Handicap International rehabilitation team helped him walk again. Two years later and Ramesh is now training at...

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