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Sharp Increase in Wounded Syrian Refugees

Sharp Increase in Wounded Syrian Refugees

Recent heavy fighting in Syria near the border with Lebanon has led to a sharp increase in the number of injured people arriving in Tripoli, Lebanon. Handicap International has been providing assistance to wounded refugees in four hospitals and clinics in Tripoli since July 2012. "This week, 50 new patients...

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Lebanon: Bringing Relief to Older Refugees

Lebanon: Bringing Relief to Older Refugees

Eighty-year-old Razala has not stood up for eight months—not since she and 19 members of her family fled the suburbs of Damascus to escape the fighting around the Syrian capital. They first traveled to another town in Syria but, afraid of being caught up in fresh fighting, they fled to...

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Kashmir: 3-Year-Old Amputee Learns to Walk Again

Kashmir: 3-Year-Old Amputee Learns to Walk Again

On October 15, 2011, three-year-old Mehraan and his mother were walking home from a wedding in Kashmir, India, when a car struck the boy. He was rushed the local district hospital where the staff took immediate action to treat the injuries to his legs. Despite undergoing two operations in as...

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Rehabilitation in South Sudan

Rehabilitation in South Sudan

In September 2012, Daffala Saila, a 46-year-old shop keeper from a small village in South Sudan, suddenly developed back pain. It grew steadily grew worse, and he began to lose sensation in his legs. By the time his brother was able to bring him to the nearest hospital, Daffala could...

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Refugee Voices: The Situation in Syria Is Unbearable

Refugee Voices: The Situation in Syria Is Unbearable

On March 25, 2011, 22-year-old Zakarya was at a demonstration in Syria when the crowd was fired upon. Twenty-eight people were killed and many were injured, including Zakarya, who was shot in the leg. The resulting fracture paralyzed his left foot. He stayed in Syria until April 2012, when “the...

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Helping Syria’s Littlest Victims

Helping Syria’s Littlest Victims

In October 2012, nine-year-old Esraa was sitting under a tree by her home in Syria, drinking tea and playing. Suddenly, family members heard her scream and cry. When they found her they discovered she had been shot in the stomach by a sniper. The bullet exited her back, striking her...

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Thanks to Demining Dogs, Mozambique to be Mine Free by 2014

Thanks to Demining Dogs, Mozambique to be Mine Free by 2014

Usko the German Shepherd stands alert, waiting for his handler Norberto’s command as they face a narrow strip of land marked off by bright tape. It looks like an ordinary piece of land—a grassy patch ready for use as a garden or a children’s play area. But in Mozambique, where...

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Libya First North African Country to Regulate Arms Trade

Libya First North African Country to Regulate Arms Trade

On July 9, Libya became the 78th country to sign the Arms Trade Treaty and the first in North Africa. Handicap International, which has been working in Libya since 2011, welcomes this strong commitment, which will help tackle the serious problems caused by the arms trade in this challenging region....

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Handicap International Responds to Severe Floods in Indonesia

Handicap International Responds to Severe Floods in Indonesia

Following heavy rainfall this month in the Indonesian province of Nusa Tanggara Timur, the region was hit by serious flooding. Malaka district, where Handicap International has been running a disaster-risk reduction program since 2011, experienced the most severe flooding. The flood damaged many homes, destroyed crops, and contaminated water sources....

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A Refugee's Dream: To Walk Again

A Refugee's Dream: To Walk Again

Last October, 53-year-old Khaled was in his home in Syria when it was hit by a bomb. The impact caused severe injuries to his right leg. Unfortunately, the hospitals in the town where Khaled was living were overwhelmed by other patients injured by the bombings that day, and he was turned...

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