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South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

In 2013, following intense fighting and fearing for his life, Uguok Ajang Goldit an 80-year-old single man living with scoliosis–a congenital deformity of the spinal column–fled his home in Malakal, South Sudan. Along with thousands of others, he sought refuge at the nearest United Nations base, which has since become...

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Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

A major food crisis triggered by drought and conflict is affecting more than 20 million people in East Africa. In Ethiopia, drought is greatly affecting the region, putting nearly 5.6 million people in dire need of aid. Handicap International is working to ensure that vulnerable people in Ethiopia–older people, people...

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Gabby Giffords: A woman without barriers

Gabby Giffords: A woman without barriers

On January 8, 2011, I left the gym in Casas Adobes, Arizona to head home. It felt like every other visit to the gym–60 minutes of exercising with a trainer, a quick rest, and off I went. But this time was different.  It was just a few blocks...

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Famine: Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years

Famine: Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda,...

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A new independence for Payam

A new independence for Payam

“Before I met Handicap International’s team, my life was completely different,” explains 21-year-old Payam. Payam was born with one kidney and other various medical issues. “I didn’t work and was quite depressed,” she continues. “I was sitting at home most of the time, thinking that I couldn’t even help my...

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Mosul: 150 civilians killed in coalition attack

Mosul: 150 civilians killed in coalition attack

More than 150 civilians were reported killed in an international coalition airstrike on Mosul’s Al-Jadida district on March 17. “We strongly condemn the heavy price paid by civilians in Mosul since the start of the military offensive against the Islamic State group last October,” said Anne Héry, head of advocacy...

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Mosul: thousands fleeing daily, high civilian casualties

Mosul: thousands fleeing daily, high civilian casualties

Military forces launched the second phase of their offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq, in mid February. Since then, more than 150,000 people have fled the fighting in the western part of the city. The flow of displaced people is increasing, with an average of 9,000 newly displaced people every day....

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Madagascar: Rebuilding 22 schools

Madagascar: Rebuilding 22 schools

400,000 people were affected by cyclone Enawo, which hit Madagascar in early March. According to the latest reports, 250 people were injured, 78 were killed, and 18 are missing. Many homes and public buildings have been damaged or destroyed by the cyclone and floods and a total of 1,244 classrooms...

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Responding to Cyclone Enawo

Responding to Cyclone Enawo

Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar. As of March 6, authorities report severe damage from the cyclone and subsequent flooding, especially in Antahala, where they believe 80% of homes were destroyed as well as 100% of crops. The national...

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Mosul: 75,000 displaced in the last month

Mosul: 75,000 displaced in the last month

Six months ago, the Iraqi city of Mosul became a battleground. As of March 17, several hundreds of thousands civilians are trapped within the city and hundreds of thousands more have escaped. In one month alone, more than 75,000 people managed to flee. “Since February, humanitarian needs have increased tremendously,”...

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