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Philippines: Helping Typhoon Bopha Survivors

Handicap International teams are distributing aid to survivors and mobilizing to bring specialized care to those least able to cope with the aftermath, especially people with disabilities, the elderly, and other vulnerable individuals. “The situation we witness here is overwhelming,” says Catherine Vasseur, manager of Handicap International's operations in...

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Syria: Reaching vulnerable refugees

An estimated 400,000 refugees now reside in Jordan and Lebanon. Many of the newest arrivals have been directly victimized by the fighting, having sustained wounds, lost family members, or had their homes destroyed. While numerous humanitarian groups have been channeling aid to the refugees, those with serious injuries or...

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Syria: Hope After Losing Limbs

Earlier this year, during a bout of intense fighting in Syria, Ammar and his family sought refuge indoors but the house in which they hid was hit by a shell. Ammar lost his right arm and leg. The explosion also killed three of his young cousins and seriously injured...

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Philippines: 200,000 Homeless after typhoon

An estimated 200,000 people lost their homes and have been forced to take refuge in schools and airline hangers or build makeshift shelters. Responding to this emergency, Handicap International is taking part in the immediate humanitarian relief phase and assessing the population's needs. The Philippines is regularly hit by...

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U.S. Fails to Pass Disability Treaty

"It was time for the U.S. to support global efforts to eradicate the poverty and exclusion that many people with disabilities suffer abroad,” said Elizabeth MacNairn, executive director of Handicap International US. “Instead, the U.S. sent a message of exclusion to the world. This is a low day for...

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Day One: Landmines Conference

The day also marks the 15th anniversary of the signature of the Ottawa Treaty, which is one of international humanitarian law's biggest achievements.  In the past 15 years, the treaty has resulted in 80% of the world's countries banning this barbaric weapon, which mostly affects civilians. Millions of...

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15th Anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty

The Treaty was a humanitarian breakthrough that has resulted in a five-fold decrease in victims since 1992, the demining of thousands of square meters of land, and the destruction of tens of millions of mines. This anniversary reminds us that the mobilization must not weaken, especially toward the States...

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Syria: New Use of Cluster Munitions

On the morning of November 27, 2012, airstrikes at Abo Hilal, 1.2 miles west of the northern city of Idlib, killed at least 12 civilians and wounded at least 10 more, according to statements provided to Human Rights Watch. Handicap International already 

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U.S. Delegation Attends Mine Ban Treaty Conference

In response to calls from civil society, the Obama administration began a review of U.S. landmine policy in December 2009, but has yet to announce its conclusions. Now that President Obama has been elected for a second term, Handicap International urges his administration to move swiftly towards accession to...

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Syria cluster bomb use denounced

This practice was recently confirmed by Human Rights Watch. The organization first drew attention to the use of these weapons in Syria in July and October. Handicap International is extremely concerned by these latest developments and the recent upsurge in fighting in urban areas, which is having a serious impact...

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