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Laos: Protecting 10,000 People from Cluster Bombs

Laos: Protecting 10,000 People from Cluster Bombs

This blog was originally posted in January 2015. Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, cluster bombs and other explosives leftover from the war continue to claim, on average, one new victim a week in Laos. Laos was not fighting in the Vietnam War, but the U.S. conducted about...

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Cluster munitions: weapons made to massacre

Cluster munitions: weapons made to massacre

Cluster munitions have been banned since 2010 with the enforcement of the Oslo Convention, which prohibits their use, production, storage, and transfer. Handicap International has made a significant contribution to this progress. Anne Héry, head of advocacy at Handicap International...

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Death toll rises from Freetown mudslides

Death toll rises from Freetown mudslides

At least 500 people, including 150 children, have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, with hundreds more missing. The scale and trauma of the disaster that took place in the capital of Sierra Leone on August 14 is becoming clear.

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1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Since the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013, Uganda has offered a place of safety to people fleeing from the conflict. On August 17, the Government of Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency announced that the staggering threshold of 1 million South Sudanese refugees has...

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The moments I say no

The moments I say no

As you may know, I never say, “I can’t” but that doesn’t mean that I won’t say “no.” One of the most pivotal moments in my life was the day I said no to prosthetic arms. I used them for 11 years. Then one day, I decided enough was enough....

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Nepal: worst floods in 15 years

Nepal: worst floods in 15 years

Floods and landslides have hit southern Nepal over the past week, causing 123 deaths. At least 35 people are missing, while thousands of houses were inundated across the Terai, the southern portion of the country. The disaster has so far affected more than 1 million people, according to the Office of...

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Supporting the most vulnerable in Freetown

Supporting the most vulnerable in Freetown

At least 312 people were killed and as many as 600 people reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday Aug. 11....

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So what is the Broken Chair?

So what is the Broken Chair?

The Broken Chair is the work of renowned sculptor Daniel Berset in 1997 at the request of Handicap International. It stands 39-feet tall at the Place des Nations, in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. It's original message was simple: to call for a ban on antipersonnel landmines...

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Neymar Jr becomes Handicap International ambassador

Neymar Jr becomes Handicap International ambassador

We're thrilled to welcome Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr. as the new ambassador of Handicap International. Through this partnership, Neymar is lending his huge fame to a good cause: empowering the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities living in poor countries, victims of conflicts and...

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"Aya doesn't die"—Giles Duley uncovers the shocking situation of disabled refugees on Unreported World

War photographer and amputee, Giles Duley, traveled with one of Handicap International’s mobile teams in Lebanon to visit the most vulnerable refugees. What he found shocked him to the core — incredible people living in desperate situations. Five-year old Aya...

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