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Getting back on track

Getting back on track

“I’m 32 and every way seems to be a dead end,” Omar explains to Abdelillah, a physical therapist with Handicap International. With shadows under his eyes, Omar looks exhausted as he sits in a small rehabilitation room at Azraq refugee camp. Omar sobs as he tells Abdelillah how he’s feeling....

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COSP: “Nothing about us without us"

COSP: “Nothing about us without us

(Pictured: Blandine Bouniol, Handicap International's deputy advocacy director, Jeff Meer, executive director of HI-US, and Katie Smith, member of the Advisory Council of HI-US.) Earlier this month, a delegation from Handicap International attended the annual Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the...

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Seeking refuge in Kakuma

Seeking refuge in Kakuma

Record numbers of people are fleeing war, drought, and famine in South Sudan and Somalia. People with disabilities or injuries are forced to take enormous risks to reach a place of safety. Handicap International is working hard to make sure that thousands of people in similar situations across East Africa...

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Providing assistance to displaced Syrians

Providing assistance to displaced Syrians

A truck filled with mattresses, blankets, and food rations makes its way through agricultural fields, toward a crowd, where Murad holds his daughters’ hands. The 40 year-old farmer’s life has drastically changed and he now relies solely on humanitarian aid. The truck pulls over and his two daughters line up...

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Days without food or sleep

Days without food or sleep

More than two million people have been affected by the humanitarian crisis in Grand Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Handicap International has sent emergency specialists to support its existing teams in the field. Sulu Bellarmin, who works as both the organization’s driver and logistics assistant, tells us about...

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Learning skills for employment in Bolivia

Learning skills for employment in Bolivia

Rubén Ignacio has been trained in the production of shoes. He thinks that the training he had provides a way to find shoes in his size since there are currently none on the...

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Rebuilding her life one therapy session at a time

Rebuilding her life one therapy session at a time

Today, Samra, 39, is making her way to Handicap International’s rehabilitation center for a group activity. She walks slowly along the camp tracks before finally reaching the organization’s caravan, where she joins a dozen other Syrian women, all roughly the same age as her. Handicap International staffer Bashayer, who is...

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Mobility for Mawada

Mobility for Mawada

Nader is holding a big package as he approaches a family’s tent in Khazer camp, Iraq, home to tens of thousands displaced Iraqis from Mosul. This is the second time that the Handicap International physical therapist has visited the family, which includes six-year-old Mawada, who has cerebral palsy. “When I...

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200 Feet off the ground

200 Feet off the ground

Throughout elementary school, I was often told to slow down while running on the playground. Teachers didn’t want me to go down the slide or jump off the high dive. I’ve always had an adventurous personality, so being told “no” simply fueled me to try new and exhilarating things.  ...

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“Just as you escape, they get you”

“Just as you escape, they get you”

On February 27, 2017, bombing reached into a new neighborhood in Mosul, closer to a growing family. Warda and her husband Ahmad recognized the danger, scooping up their daughter and fleeing with their relatives. “When we were just a few feet from the edge of the city, a man blew...

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