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Syria: the situation is disastrous

Syria: the situation is disastrous

Handicap International has been working to support Syrians impacted by the ongoing crisis since 2011. Over the years, the conflict has reached unimaginable levels of brutality. At the center of this spiral of violence is the issue of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and its disastrous consequences...

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Syria: Six years of conflict

Syria: Six years of conflict

Wednesday, March 15, marks the sixth anniversary of the Syrian crisis. Handicap International has been providing assistance to the Syrian people since just after the start of the war, and began carrying out activities within the country four years ago. Currently, our 500-plus staff works across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and...

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Madagascar: 52,000 affected

Madagascar: 52,000 affected

Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar and will end its course in the Anosy region. Madagascar authorities have reported severe damage caused by the cyclone and the subsequent flooding, especially in Antahala, where they believe 80% of homes were destroyed as well as 100% of crops. The national office of...

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Celebrating women with disabilities

Celebrating women with disabilities

Today, March 8, marks an important day for women around the world: International Women’s Day. At Handicap International, we celebrate all of the courageous women who have worked so hard to achieve their dreams, especially those with disabilities. We recognize the exceptional achievements of working women with disabilities, acknowledging the...

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On the brink of famine

On the brink of famine

On Feb. 20, the United Nations declared that several regions of South Sudan are suffering from famine. As a result, 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation. Half of the country, some 4.5 million people, are surviving on what minimal resources they can find, or are facing starvation....

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What are cluster bombs?

What are cluster bombs?

Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions over the last two years in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, and Sudan. Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are overwhelmingly the main victims. But...

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Mapathon supports demining efforts in Laos

Mapathon supports demining efforts in Laos

Handicap International's first Mapathon to support demining, organized in partnership with CartONG, took place on February 15, 2017 at our Federation headquarters in Lyon, France. In only 3 hours, the participants were able to map an amazing 320 km of roads and tracks and 130 populated areas...

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Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home”

Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home”

It’s been four months since Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc in Haiti, causing thousands to lose their homes. Over the past few months, Handicap International has been distributing emergency kits and household items, benefiting more than 4,700 Haitians including Ulysse Cletide and his family.  Ulysse, who lives in the commune of...

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“Feeling safe is priceless”

“Feeling safe is priceless”

When the war started in Syria, Mohamad's mother Zhoor sent her son to Jordan to live with his grandparents. But after a year away, Mohamed, 9, missed his family and returned to Syria. Not long after arriving home, Zhoor and Mohamad's life changed forever. “Three days after he arrived, our...

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Clearing land in Iraq

Clearing land in Iraq

After decades of conflict, Iraq is now one of the most contaminated countries in the world. Since early January, Handicap International's weapons clearance teams have identified, collected, and destroyed more than 1,000 explosives in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala, areas severely affected by the war.  “We have trained several...

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