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Determined to stand tall

Determined to stand tall

“I’m a shepherd,” Hameed says. “Never in my life did I imagine losing a leg.” On a quiet day in April, Hameed was putting his herd into the field to graze when he came across a petrol can on the road. “I wanted to push it to the roadside, but...

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Advocating for Disability Rights in Nepal

Advocating for Disability Rights in Nepal

This story originally appeared in June 2013. When Shudarson Subedi was studying law, he discovered a free education provision in Nepal’s laws—all people with disabilities would be offered the chance...

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New hope for a new mom

New hope for a new mom

“I hope she doesn’t remember it,” Widad says of her six-month-old daughter while speaking to our teams about her accident in April. “She’s my only child. My husband and I tried for children for six years before she was born. I don’t know if I will be able to have...

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Supporting his daughter's recovery

Supporting his daughter's recovery

“On April 20, fighters came to get us and used us as human shields,” Sarah’s father explains. “Sarah and I were taken to a room in what looked like a deserted house. Suddenly there was a big explosion. I didn’t know whether it came from a tank or aircraft. All...

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Standing tall in Haiti

Standing tall in Haiti

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, affecting thousands of people. Present in the country since 2010, Handicap International was able to launch immediate response by providing support to vulnerable people such as pregnant woman, older individuals, and people with disabilities. As part of our emergency response, our teams...

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Zeidan’s first ever physical therapy session

Zeidan’s first ever physical therapy session

“The city was under constant attack and I wanted to take my children to safety,” explains Husein. “We walked out in the middle of the night so that no one would see us. I held my mother’s hand, because she has problems walking, while carrying Zeidan on my back. We...

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Deadly floods strike Sri Lanka

Deadly floods strike Sri Lanka

Torrential downpours and flash floods in southwest Sri Lanka over the weekend claimed at least 169 lives. More than half a million people are affected, and 75,000 people have lost their homes and possessions. Handicap International’s emergency response experts and the local team in Sri Lanka are evaluating ways to...

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"Will my legs grow back?"

While lying in his hospital bed, Baker turns to his father and mutters softly, “It hurts, dad. It really hurts.” Just a few days prior to March 21, nine-year-old Baker was playing in the streets with his friends in Mosul when they were hit by a bomb. Baker lost both...

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"Today, I'm walking again"

“I was on the bus on my way home from school,” José explains. “I felt a sharp pain in my leg and wanted to get up to run away, but couldn’t.” In 2000, then 18-year-old José lost his right leg in a mine accident in Colombia. During that time, he...

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Supporting caregivers in Mali

Supporting caregivers in Mali

In April, Jeff Meer, executive director of Handicap International US, travelled to Mali. He met with Kouyate, a father caring for seven children, three of whom live with physical disabilities. In this personal testimony, Jeff describes the difficulties faced by Kouyate and his family and the hope that Handicap International...

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