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Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

Iraq: Rebuilding her life one step at a time

This morning, Omar, a physical therapist, and Haider, a psychosocial worker, are visiting Widad in Jalawla. Several years ago, this young mother was injured by a car bomb while at the market in Iraq. Her sciatic nerve was damaged and she was immediately taken to the nearest hospital where she...

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Thailand: "When I trip, my friends pick me up"

Thailand:

The first thing you notice about Hae Tar, 9, is the sparkle in her dark, smiling eyes. Whether she’s cooking leaves in a pretend kitchen with her friends or playing outside, her contagious laugh follows wherever she goes, even despite the pain her favorite game of hopscotch brings her. One...

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Jordan: A career driven by a desire to help

Jordan: A career driven by a desire to help

Iba’a is a social worker. She joined Handicap International’s team in Jordan two and a half years ago. Since then, she has worked in each of the three bases in the country. Every day Iba'a provides assistance to Syrian refugees living in urban areas and in refugee camps. This former...

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Syria: Mobility for Firas

Syria: Mobility for Firas

Last July, Firas’s life changed forever. The eight-year-old little boy was at home when his neighborhood was hit by an airstrike. His mother recalls what happened, “I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was a summer day, nearly noon. I heard the sound of an aircraft and I...

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Pakistan: Creating a childhood

Pakistan: Creating a childhood

In Pakistan, more than 1 million people are internally displaced, meaning that many families with children are moving back and forth between their region of origin, IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps and host communities.  “Either the children are on the move or they are staying in camps or communities with...

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Syria: "I want to play with my dolls"

Syria:

As soon as he sees Malake enter the rehabilitation center, a smile spreads across Khanoum’s face. The physical therapist has been helping the little girl recover from her accident for the past several weeks. Injured three years ago, Malake was only recently able to access treatment. “We live in the...

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Iraq: An easier life for Sabah

Iraq: An easier life for Sabah

Handicap International’s mobile team is visiting Sabah in Jalawla. The door is opened by a cheerful little girl holding a rabbit. “His name is Bobby," she says as she pets her rabbit. Resting on the bed donated by Handicap International, her father Sabah greets Handicap International physical therapist Shvan and...

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Quality waged jobs for all

Quality waged jobs for all

People with disabilities often have a difficult time finding salaried employment. Workplaces are usually poorly adapted to working with people with disabilities and oftentimes they are not properly accessible. However, the biggest obstacle facing people with disabilities in the workplace is prejudice. Many employers are convinced that people with disabilities...

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Syria: A new foot for Shua’a

Syria: A new foot for Shua’a

When Noor, Handicap International’s physical therapist in Jordan, appears outside the camp’s caravans, a little girl with a big smile hurriedly hops up to her. Shua’a and her mother waste no time inviting Noor into their home and are both delighted to see her again. Handicap International’s teams have been...

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