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Applauding Arms Trade Treaty Passage

Applauding Arms Trade Treaty Passage

Although the treaty text suffers from certain weaknesses, Handicap International is pleased to see an overwhelming majority of Member States take measures to prevent weapons-related injuries and death, human tragedies that the charity witnesses every day. The treaty came to a vote in the General Assembly after a...

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Iraqis Still Face Armed Violence

Iraqis Still Face Armed Violence

Nearly 250,000 civilians died or were injured in Iraq between March 2003 and January 2012—equivalent to more than 75 civilian victims every day. During the same period, civilians accounted for nearly 80% of deaths recorded in the country. The number of small arms...

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Condemning Global Inaction in Syria

Condemning Global Inaction in Syria

Handicap International has been aiding victims of the Syrian conflict for ten months. After launching a relief effort for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, it extended activities inside Syria, where conditions are extremely harsh.  Two years after the first demonstrators hit the streets of Syria, the country is locked...

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Handicap International is highlighting this issue at the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. “Women with disabilities often face double discrimination," said Muriel Mac-Seing, Handicap International's Technical Advisor on gender based violence. "It's our duty to bring this injustice to an end.” Although women with disabilities...

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Helping Madagascar Cyclone Victims

Helping Madagascar Cyclone Victims

Handicap International, which is present in the district of Toliary I, is helping to coordinate the relief effort and is responsible for identifying and assisting displaced people at the Antaninarenina high school. The charity is also coordinating their temporary rehousing in one of two sites identified as equipped reception...

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Unprecedented Syrian Violence

Unprecedented Syrian Violence

“What's going on in Syria right now is disastrous—you can't imagine just how bad it really is,” says Guillaume Woehling, who recently returned to France after spending several months as Handicap International's head of mission in Syria. “The day-to-day fighting is horrifically violent and taking place in residential areas....

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President Obama: Ban Landmines Now!

President Obama: Ban Landmines Now!

The life-saving treaty marks its 14th year of entry into force on March 1, counting 161 States Parties, but countries including China, Iran, Russia, Syria and the U.S. have yet to join. More than 1.1 million people have signed Handicap International petitions pushing for the eradication of landmines...

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Bomblets Rained on Laos

Bomblets Rained on Laos

The scrap metal is collected to sell, the shell casings used for cooking, the explosives used to fish and the fuse wire as a fishing line. The UXO have also left a trail of death and destruction. In 1971, this region of Laos found itself in the front...

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ERW Clearance Begins in Mali

ERW Clearance Begins in Mali

“We really wanted to find out what was inside,” says Amadou. “We tried to open it but couldn't, so we took turns throwing it against the ground. I threw it, and then I don't know what happened next. When I opened my eyes, I was in a hospital bed.”...

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Advocating for Disabled Refugees

Advocating for Disabled Refugees

Some refugees have been living in these camps for almost thirty years. Going home has not been an option for most. Even if they want to return, countless landmines lay hidden in the forest along the border and on return routes through Myanmar, posing a deadly threat to travelers. According...

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