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Amadou's Second Chance

Amadou's Second Chance

Last year, Amadou Hamadoun Diallo’s right leg and hand were torn apart in a grenade explosion that also killed two of his friends in Toya, Mali. The grenade, along with other explosives, had been left behind by fighters fleeing Timbuktu during the country's crisis. Both Amadou’s leg and...

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U.S. Signs Arms Trade Treaty

U.S. Signs Arms Trade Treaty

Handicap International applauds the United States signature of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to improve the regulation of the international trade of conventional arms, light weapons and related ammunition, while preventing the illicit trade of these weapons. Following the UN Treaty Signing Ceremony on September 25, more than...

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Bringing a New Focus to an Old Discussion at the UN

Bringing a New Focus to an Old Discussion at the UN

By Antony Duttine, Handicap International's Rehabilitation Technical Advisor in Global Health Two years ago I came to the United Nations in New York to attend the High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). My goal was to see disability and rehabilitation included within this topic. I felt like a fish...

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Advocating for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities Post-MDG

Advocating for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities Post-MDG

In 2000, when the UN created the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—eight international development goals for reducing poverty and improving the welfare of the world’s poorest people—disability was not mentioned. As Handicap International has known from working with people with disabilities for over 30 years, this oversight was tremendous. “With an...

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Disability Rights Movement Makes Progress in Tunisia

Almost three years has passed since the Arab Spring began in Tunisia and people with disabilities are working as hard as ever to advance their rights and radically change the way people see disability in their country. Manel Mhiri, head of Handicap International’s LEAD (Leadership and Empowerment for Action on...

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Growing Stronger in Mozambique

Growing Stronger in Mozambique

By age four, Shany had lost the ability to open her hands. She moved around very little, and her health deteriorated rapidly. Luckily, a social worker spotted her. The social worker was visiting the most deprived suburbs of Maputo and Matola to connect people with disabilities to services—part of Handicap...

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Small Joys Amid the Syrian Crisis

Small Joys Amid the Syrian Crisis

“We are caring for Syrian refugees, so I deal with complex cases. The injured often have multiple injuries, complex bullet fractures and even amputations. And very often, because they were treated in poor conditions, they only received emergency care, which aims to prevent the worst, but is insufficient to...

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Cambodia: Success through Play

Cambodia: Success through Play

If you're born with a disability in Cambodia, and you're not ahead by the time you enter school, you're already behind. Handicap International's 2012 study of 18,926 Cambodian children aged between two and nine found that a staggering 10% had a disability. Stigma, coupled with a lack of support services,...

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Malians Return to Deadly Grounds

Malians Return to Deadly Grounds

The sun is just rising over Diabaly, Mali, but the 17 members of Handicap International’s weapons clearance team are already well into their work day. When lives are at stake, every hour counts. Following months of fighting between rebel forces and the Malian army, the towns and villages along the...

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Fear is Part of My Daily Life, but I Will Never Give Up

Fear is Part of My Daily Life, but I Will Never Give Up

“I was born in the world’s most heavily cluster bombed country,” says Kengkeo Boualephavong, manager of Handicap International’s weapons clearance operations in Laos for the past eight years. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions over Laos. An estimated 80 million cluster munitions did...

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