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The couple behind northern Syria's only prosthetics workshop

The couple behind northern Syria's only prosthetics workshop

The war in Syria resulted in a tragedy for Ghazal and Nahla. In 2013, Ghazal was working for an organization dedicated to children with disabilities that he and a friend founded. He shared his passion for sports, and encouraged the kids he met to...

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Syria: Living in the moment

Syria: Living in the moment

“My heart hurts,” Etidal tells Handicap International Physical Therapist, Mo’men. Mo’men decides to begin the session with a few simple exercises to gain Etidal’s trust and to keep her from becoming too exhausted. Handicap International Social Worker, Iba, chats with Etidal’s daughter, Nariman. “There are six of us in Jordan,”...

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Iraq: "The Mosul offensive raises fears of a major humanitarian crisis"

There are fears that the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul could result in a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale. More than one million people may be forced to flee to escape the fighting, in a country where at least 3.3 million people have already been uprooted. Handicap...

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Disability in the Media by Patrick Chamberlain

Disability in the Media by Patrick Chamberlain

Last May I heard about a new film coming to the big screen called Me Before You— a love story that featured a main character with a disability named Will. I was very excited. However, as the disability community also got wind of the film, we soon learned that...

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Hurricane Matthew in Cuba: People with disabilities especially vulnerable

Hurricane Matthew in Cuba: People with disabilities especially vulnerable

More than 300,000 Cubans were affected by Hurricane Matthew, which hit southeast Cuba on October 4. The homes of more than 107,000 people were damaged, and more than 100 square miles of crops were destroyed in four areas in the province of Guantánamo. The hurricane destroyed between 90% and 94%...

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Mosul: More than 15,000 people already displaced

“More than 15,000 people have been forced from their homes within the past 10 days, joining more than three million people already displaced in Iraq, explains Thomas Hugonnier, head of Handicap International’s operations in Iraq. "If the situation becomes critical, population movements are likely to intensify over the coming days."...

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Massive needs in Haiti

“We don’t currently have the financial resources to provide an adequate response to a disaster of this magnitude," explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency response. "Needs are enormous and varied. Our teams are making every effort to meet people’s essential needs, but we don’t have the means to...

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Handicap International condemns the bombing of a school in Syria

“These attacks on a school are unacceptable,” says Jean-Pierre Delomier, director of humanitarian action at Handicap International. “Nothing can ever justify the bombing of civilians, particularly children. Handicap International is calling on all parties to the conflict in Syria to immediately end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.”...

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Syria: "The smell of death was floating in the air"

Syria:

“There was smoke everywhere and the smell of death was floating in the air,” says Mohammad, a man from northern Syria. “I felt death too. I just remember my friend who took me in his arms before I lost consciousness. I then woke up in a hospital a few hours...

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Libya: Children marked by war

Libya: Children marked by war

Responding to needs Every day, a physical therapist and two psychosocial workers comb the internally displaced persons’ camps and areas around Tripoli, where displaced people sometimes live with host families. The Handicap International mobile team identifies people with disabilities, giving priority to children. Twenty-seven individuals received rehabilitation care this past...

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