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“Thanks to my new leg, I can go to school”

“Thanks to my new leg, I can go to school”

“With this new leg, I can do a lot of things,” explains ten-year-old Sophea. “My favorite games are playing ball, skipping rope, or duck, duck, goose. But going to school is what matters most to me.” Sophea dreams of leaving his small village in Cambodia so he can pursue his...

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“We want to pick up where we left off”

“We want to pick up where we left off”

“On February 26, we fled Mosul because the fighting had reached our district and our house was near the front line," explains Hossam's father, Anis. "We were displaced several times in the city before we decided to leave, because life was just too hard. We took refuge in Qayyarah camp,...

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“Now I can play jump rope!”

“Now I can play jump rope!”

Born premature at nearly 2.5 pounds, Channa's mother Sokra remembers the joy of seeing her adorable little face for the first time....

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The Convention on Cluster Munitions turns seven

The Convention on Cluster Munitions turns seven

Seven years ago, the Oslo Convention banning the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions entered into force. Despite the undeniable success of the convention, cluster munitions were used repeatedly in Syria and Yemen, according to the Cluster Munition Monitor 2016 report. In Syria, 76 attacks using cluster...

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Injured, hungry, and relieved

Injured, hungry, and relieved

When Simon, 17, and his four young sisters arrived at a refugee camp near the Kenyan border, he told us that all he could feel was relief. The responsibility of keeping his...

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Clearing hazardous land in Colombia

Clearing hazardous land in Colombia

In launching mine clearance operations earlier this year in Colombia, Handicap International teams conducted initial surveys to pinpoint hazardous areas throughout the country. Following the results, HI deployed a team of ten deminers to Venta, which is in the Cauca department, for a 45-day operation. 

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Shout if you have to

Shout if you have to

Jessica discusses ratifying the CRPD with Senator John McCain from Arizona during a 2013 visit to Capitol Hill. I just got home from another speaking engagement. I was in Boston, addressing an audience of 1,500. This isn’t my first rodeo—I’ve gotten used to the stage, the microphone, the...

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A big thanks to you on our 35th anniversary

A big thanks to you on our 35th anniversary

Handicap International is 35 years old today! Founded on July 19, 1982, our teams have been working every day to change the lives of people with disabilities. It's because of your support, that we're able to be there to help.  We share a...

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Abdallah's greatest wish

Abdallah's greatest wish

Abdallah, 13, and his older brother play checkers using stones from the camp road and a piece of board scored with pencil lines. "The game helps Abdallah forget his pain for a while," explains Mohammad, a physical therapist with Handicap International. The game finishes and Abdallah pulls up the leg...

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Relying on her own two feet

Relying on her own two feet

“My whole family was sitting on the roof of our building when suddenly the bombs started falling," Raneen explains. "I remember seeing my body riddled with shrapnel and my leg covered in blood. Out of my family, I had the worst injuries.” Thirteen-year-old Raneen had to wait before she could...

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