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Bravest Three-Year-Old You'll Ever Meet

Bravest Three-Year-Old You'll Ever Meet

I just spent two weeks shadowing Handicap International's teams in Jordan and Lebanon. On my last day, I ventured to a snow-locked Bekaa Valley, where I met one of the world's bravest three-year-olds. Three days after a snow storm cut off access to Lebanon's Bekaa’s Valley, I finally made it...

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A Syrian Mother's Hope

A Syrian Mother's Hope

In November 2012, Haya was riding in a taxi through the streets of Deraa, Syria with her children. Suddenly, a stray bullet passed through the car, striking her in the back. She was initially taken to a dispensary, but as the personnel were unable to help her, so she was...

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Syria: 1,000 Days and Counting

Syria: 1,000 Days and Counting

By Logan Sullivan, Regional Advocacy Officer A native of Portland, Oregon, Logan Sullivan works with colleagues and partners to ensure all measures are put into place to enable effective and efficient delivery of aid to crisis-affected populations in and around Syria. The world watches Syria and it counts. On Monday,...

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25 Tons of High Explosives Destroyed

25 Tons of High Explosives Destroyed

Handicap International destroyed 25 tons of explosive remnants of war in Misrata on Dec. 12. This massive explosion is Handicap International's second in 2013. During the two operations, Handicap International demolished more than 22,000 conventional weapons collected over the past year, ensuring the weapons could no longer pose a threat...

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"The Point of No Return is Right Now"

Henri Bonnin is a member of the very first teams sent to the Philippines by Handicap International to respond to the humanitarian emergency. From the outset, he was able to provide valuable support to the medical services and determine the conditions governing the association's intervention. In his opinion, the current...

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“We All Hid Under the Table”

“We All Hid Under the Table”

Shirley and her family are used to typhoons. When Typhoon Haiyan barreled toward their village of Giporlos in Eastern Samar Philippines, they did what they always do to stay safe. Only this time, the storm was different. She shares this account: “We went to our neighbors’ house, because it’s built...

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People with Disabilities Must Not Be Left in the Shadows

People with Disabilities Must Not Be Left in the Shadows

People with disabilities must not be left in the shadows of emergency operations Handicap International is regularly called upon to work with the victims of natural disasters. Some of our most notable responses include the 2004 Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 floods in

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Typhoon Haiyan: "I Feared For My Life"

Typhoon Haiyan:

Mark-Kevin, is the oldest child in a family of eight. Due to his cerebral palsy, he was unable to reach the evacuation point by himself when typhoon Haiyan approached, and was carried by his neighbors. Like many of the town’s inhabitants, he is still shocked by the strength of the...

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Expanding the Emergency Response to Typhoon Haiyan

More than two weeks have passed since Typhoon Haiyan lashed out at the Philippines. Handicap International deployed an emergency response team of around 15 expatriates, sent to reinforce the teams already working in the country. Several tens of tons of freight, including emergency kits and drinking water...

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Voice from the Philippines: The Scene was Apocalyptic

Voice from the Philippines: The Scene was Apocalyptic

On the day Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Dr. Ionne Castillones, a Filipina who has worked with Handicap International on several previous disaster relief operations, was in the city of Cebu, about 50 miles south of the typhoon’s eye. The next day, she traveled to Tacloban, the city hardest hit...

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