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West Bank: Ensuring the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

West Bank: Ensuring the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

Saja was seven years old when I met her. At that time, I was working in one of the three national rehabilitation centers in the West Bank as an occupational therapist. Although this center is not set up to handle Saja’s needs and demands as a child with cerebral palsy,...

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Jessica Cox Encourages Senators to Ratify International Disability Treaty

Jessica Cox Encourages Senators to Ratify International Disability Treaty

Jessica Cox, the world’s first person without arms to obtain a pilot’s license, visited Washington, D.C., from June 4 to 6 to encourage U.S. Senators to support the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This landmark disability treaty protects the rights of people with...

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Humanitarian NGOs: fund Syria response now before it’s too late

Humanitarian NGOs: fund Syria response now before it’s too late

A group of 20 international aid agencies working in six countries directly affected by the Syrian crisis calls on the international community to dig deep and be generous in responding to the United Nations’ new Syria and refugee response appeals, being launched today. While the priority must be to find...

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Help Syrians

Two years into the Syrian conflict, thousands of innocent civilians have been slaughtered, many others have been grievously wounded, and millions more have fled their homes to make-shift camps in Syria and neighboring countries. Still, bombs are falling on homes, cluster munitions are being indiscriminately dropped over neighborhoods, and children...

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Iraq Bans Cluster Munitions

Iraq Bans Cluster Munitions

On May 14, Iraq took a bold step in the fight against the indiscriminate weapons that make Iraq one of the world's most contaminated. Accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions involves the destruction of these weapons of death and assistance for the thousands of Iraqi victims. Iraq depositing its...

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Ending Sexual Violence Against Children

Ending Sexual Violence Against Children

The organization is working to curb an alarming statistic: children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be affected by physical and sexual violence than children without disabilities. “The data are very disturbing,” says Sofja Hadjam, Handicap International's Program Coordinator for the region. “For example,...

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Ethiopia: Fighting for the Right to an Education

Ethiopia: Fighting for the Right to an Education

Tiyan suffered a massive seizure, the cause of which is still unknown. When her seizure had passed, Tiyan opened her eyes but could see only darkness. She tried to get up, but her limbs refused to move. Unable to afford advanced medical care, which might have provided a clear...

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Handicap International Applauds Signatories of the UN Arms Trade Treaty

Handicap International Applauds Signatories of the UN Arms Trade Treaty

Handicap International, which witnesses the devastating impact of armed violence on civilians on a daily basis, welcomes the fact that an overwhelming majority of United Nations member states have taken steps to prevent the more human tragedies by signing the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty, which regulates the global...

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China: Handicap International Responds to Earthquake Victims

China: Handicap International Responds to Earthquake Victims

“Our main aim is to ensure that people who have been injured don't develop permanent complications or impairments because of lack of care,” says Eric Weerts, an emergency response and rehabilitation expert for Handicap International. “According to the Chinese government, around 200 people were killed and over 11,000 were...

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Jessica Cox Visits Disability-Inclusive Schools in Ethiopia

Jessica Cox Visits Disability-Inclusive Schools in Ethiopia

Jessica Cox, the world's first armless pilot (she flies with her feet), and a highly successful motivational speaker, joined Handicap International in Ethiopia to experience the charity's inclusive education projects. A film crew followed her visit for an upcoming documentary about her life, RIGHTFOOTED....

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