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Right-footed like me

Right-footed like me

My mom often told me about her struggles to keep my shirts straight. As a baby and a young child, my shirts would go off-center because I didn’t have arms to hold the sleeves in place.  But when I was small, she rarely told me what it was like...

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Airstrike damages Handicap International-supported hospital

Airstrike damages Handicap International-supported hospital

A Handicap International-supported hospital in the governorate of Dara'a (South Syria) was indirectly hit by an airstrike on the evening of February 13. The strike injured several staff members, and damaged the building. According to Handicap International’s partner, wounded staff members include three medical personnel and one administrative employee....

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Mine action: an essential component of humanitarian action

Mine action: an essential component of humanitarian action

Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Handicap International, attended the 20th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors, which ended on Feb. 10. He recently took time to explain Handicap International's commitment to humanitarian mine action. Handicap International has been involved in mine action since the...

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Healing an Iraqi child’s arm and mind

Healing an Iraqi child’s arm and mind

Twelve-year-old Sawsan and her family live in Khazer, one of Iraq’s largest camps for displaced people. They've been displaced from home since January 2017. “When the fighting started in our neighborhood, we immediately fled Mosul,” explains Younes, Sawsan’s father. “We had almost reached safety when we were caught in an...

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Refugees in Thailand

Refugees in Thailand

For the past few decades, Thailand has been a major destination country for asylum seekers and refugees from Myanmar. Since 1984, Thailand has provided refuge to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, and more recently to economic migrants. The population in the Thai refugee camps, located along the Myanmar-Thailand border, is...

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Philippines: Assisting victims of Typhoon Nock-Ten

Philippines: Assisting victims of Typhoon Nock-Ten

Typhoon Nock-Ten struck 15 provinces in the Philippines on December 25, 2016 affecting more than 1.5 million people and destroying more than 124,000 homes. Approximately 316,000 individuals were displaced to evacuation centers. Many of those affected by the typhoon are now homeless and no longer have access to drinking water...

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Colombia: "Women play a vital role in mine clearance"

Colombia:

Marta Quintero was fortunate. “When I was 14, I stumbled on a mine as I was walking through my village,” she explains. “It was so damp, it didn’t go off.”  Colombia's conflict zones are littered with mines. According to official figures, more than 11,102 people were killed or maimed by...

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Refugee crisis: World must rise to meet the challenge

Refugee crisis: World must rise to meet the challenge

Persecution or armed violence have forcibly displaced more than 65 million people worldwide, according to the UNHCR. On Monday, September 19, the United Nations General Assembly is gathering in New York for the first-ever high level meeting looking specifically at this beleaguered community of the global homeless. Ahead of...

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Growing Together: The early years

Growing Together: The early years

Nilutpaul, a disability officer from Bangladesh, carefully places his doll on her tummy. He listens as the trainers guide him through the early child development training. Soon, he will be the one to teach community workers and caregivers the importance of tummy time for young babies.  “Caregivers need to understand...

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Gaming for good

Gaming for good

In November 2016, Dragon City, a game in which players breed and fight dragons against friends in a world of magical islands, hosted a charity event called Tuber Tournament. Dragon City game developers, Social Point, broke six gaming YouTubers into two teams–Cereal Killers and Disco Ninjas–to battle it out for...

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