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West Africa: Breaking down barriers so kids can attend school

West Africa: Breaking down barriers so kids can attend school

In West Africa, millions of children don’t complete elementary school. Some have never been to school. Handicap International estimates that a third of these children have a disability. Our inclusive education program, which runs in nine West African countries, aims to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn,...

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Iraq: “Handicap International saved my life”

Iraq: “Handicap International saved my life”

“I was waiting for you!” says Adnan, 51, with a smile, as his Handicap International physical therapist Mohammad arrives at his tent in Hasansham camp for Iraqis who fled fighting in Mosul, Iraq. “Handicap International is the only organization that has helped me since I arrived. You’re always welcome in...

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Iraq: More than 2,000 explosives destroyed in two months

Iraq: More than 2,000 explosives destroyed in two months

Handicap International began its weapons clearance operations in Iraq in January 2017. Since then, the organization has destroyed more than 2,000 explosive remnants of war in areas affected by heavy fighting. Outside Kirkuk, Iraq, Handicap International weapons clearance experts dressed in blue protective gear inspect a field, under the curious...

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Giving a voice to Syrians

Giving a voice to Syrians

In January 2017, French photographer Philippe de Poulpiquet spent two weeks with Handicap International’s teams in Jordan and Lebanon. Every day they went out to visit Syrian refugees, including numerous victims of explosive weapons. This exhibition, supported by ECHO (the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid...

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One emergency to another: Nepal to Iraq

One emergency to another: Nepal to Iraq

Pushpak Newar has dedicated a decade of his occupational therapy career to Handicap International. Instrumental in our emergency response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake, he joined colleagues in Iraq in 2016, to coordinate rehabilitation. He recently reflected on the two emergencies: A natural disaster caused Nepal’s emergency,...

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Mosul, Iraq: Protecting Civilians Returning to a War Zone

Mosul, Iraq: Protecting Civilians Returning to a War Zone

Heavy fighting in Mosul, Iraq, has driven 430,000 civilians from their homes since last October. More than 90,000 people have since returned to parts of the city retaken by the army. To protect civilians who choose to go home, Handicap International is teaching people about the explosive remnants of war...

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South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

South Sudan: providing mobility during a food crisis

In 2013, following intense fighting and fearing for his life, Uguok Ajang Goldit an 80-year-old single man living with scoliosis–a congenital deformity of the spinal column–fled his home in Malakal, South Sudan. Along with thousands of others, he sought refuge at the nearest United Nations base, which has since become...

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Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

Ethiopia: Water shortages destabilize region

A major food crisis triggered by drought and conflict is affecting more than 20 million people in East Africa. In Ethiopia, drought is greatly affecting the region, putting nearly 5.6 million people in dire need of aid. Handicap International is working to ensure that vulnerable people in Ethiopia–older people, people...

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Gabby Giffords: A woman without barriers

Gabby Giffords: A woman without barriers

On January 8, 2011, I left the gym in Casas Adobes, Arizona to head home. It felt like every other visit to the gym–60 minutes of exercising with a trainer, a quick rest, and off I went. But this time was different.  It was just a few blocks...

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Famine: Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years

Famine: Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda,...

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