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Bringing relief to the Philippines

Handicap International teams present on site are responding to the emergency. “No one was expecting this,” explained Catherine Vasseur, head of Handicap International's operations in the country. “Tropical storms are common in the country, but the places hit this time – Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City – are not...

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Philippines: Response to deadly typhoon

Cagavan is a harbor in the north of Mindanao Island, which was severely hit by the floods caused by Typhoon Washi. On Friday, Dec. 16, the typhoon hit the south of the Philippines, killing at least 800 people and forcing more than 100,000 to flee their homes. Public authorities, international organizations and NGOs are working...

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Weapons and mine dangers persist

He has also witnessed first-hand the damage that landmines and other types of unexploded ordnance have done to the country. The association is working to increase the population's awareness of the risks these weapons, in addition to small arms and light weapons, pose. Here is his recent update on the work being...

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Slideshow: Cambodian Beneficiaries

This compilation of photographs and testimonies tells the stories of these remarkable individuals, all landmine victims.

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Philippines: Recipe for Success

Philippines: Recipe for Success

We drove two and a half hours from the city of Ilo Ilo, an hour's flight south of Manila to the seaside town of Concepcion.  The road is fringed with bamboo shacks, rice fields and sugar cane plantations with occasional views of the sea. Roadside stalls sell bananas, coconuts, firewood...

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Mine Ban Treaty conference ends

Landmines, which continue to injure and kill civilians worldwide, claimed 15 new casualties last week in Bosnia and Cambodia. Fewer than 124 miles from the accident in Cambodia, States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty were gathered in Phnom Penh last week for the 11th Meeting of States Parties to...

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Haiti’s 1,050 shelters

Eighteen months of hard work later, more than 1,000 transitional shelters have been built! To celebrate, Handicap International organized a ceremony for the shelter recipients and the Handicap International team that organized this project with them, as well as the surrounding communities and our partner organizations. Handicap International wishes to...

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Cambodia victim assistance

In keeping with this effort, Handicap International presented on Wednesday a 2011 report on landmine victim assistance. This study is part of a series of comprehensive reports about mines and explosive remnants of war published by Handicap International each year, attesting to the organization's expertise on the topic of landmines....

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AIDS epidemic and disability

World AIDS Day (December 1) is an opportunity to highlight the fact that HIV/AIDS is also a disabling disease that causes impairments and limits the activities and social participation of people with the disease. This disability affects people who have contracted the virus but also their families and communities....

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Landmine survivor’s technical work

During an attack in the forest, he suddenly got scared. While trying to retrace his steps, his foot hit a landmine. He lost his right leg. In 1991, he discovered Handicap International and was sent to their center in Kampong Cham to receive a prosthetic leg. Over time, Chun...

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