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Ukraine must not be forgotten

Ukraine must not be forgotten

On Monday, January 23, Arnaud Pont, who helps manage projects in Ukraine for Handicap International, attended in Brussels The Human Face of the Eastern Conflict conference, which is addressing the humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict. Arnaud gives an update on this forgotten crisis. Ukraine's current situation The conflict...

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Colombia: gearing up to demine

Colombia: gearing up to demine

World's second most-densely mined country Ravaged by 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia is the world’s second-most densely mined country, just behind Afghanistan. Mines and explosive remnants of war contaminate land in 31 of Colombia's 32 regions. Since 1990, the use of improvised explosive devices has become systematic, generating more...

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Figures

Figures

A few days ago I went to the store to grab a few items. As I was checking out, the cashier looked to me and said, “It’s nice to see you guys out and about.” Confused at first because I was by myself, she proceeded to explain that she...

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Bangladesh: A decent job for Abul

Bangladesh: A decent job for Abul

When I first met Abul, he was making the finishing touches on a beautiful headboard, sanding down the edges to ensure the finishing was smooth. Prior to working at a carpentry shop in Sitakunda Upazila, a sub-district in rural Bangladesh, Abul spent two hours each day commuting on public transportation...

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Syria: A family escapes conflict

Syria: A family escapes conflict

“We left Syria three years ago because of the bombing,” Haitham explains. “Our home was destroyed and my wife died of her shrapnel wounds. Other members of my family were killed too, and it traumatized the children. We lost everything, but my wife is my greatest loss. She can’t be...

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Iraq: "We had to start from scratch"

Iraq:

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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