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Mosul: Nearly 100,000 people displaced

Mosul: Nearly 100,000 people displaced

Since the offensive to retake Mosul began two months ago, nearly 100,000 people have fled the fighting. Handicap International is providing physical therapy, psychosocial support, mine risk education, and inclusion initiatives. Maud Bellon, field coordinator for Handicap International’s Mosul emergency response gives a situation update.  How has the humanitarian situation...

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Thailand: Refugee children reinvent playtime

Thailand: Refugee children reinvent playtime

The narrow streets of the commercial section of Mae La Refugee Camp are filled with children. Today, there is no school–for those who go to school, as an education is far from guaranteed in the camps–so the kids are trying to decide how they'll spend their day. Full of expectation,...

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Syria: "I've regained hope and independence"

Syria:

“I was at work that day,” Ali begins. “To start with I heard the sound of helicopters then rockets falling from above. I saw people’s faces change. Everyone seemed to be terrified. We ran to where the rockets had fallen and we started to help the dozens of injured people....

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Syria: A new arm for Worood

Syria: A new arm for Worood

“We were visiting relatives in February of 2013, and Worood was playing with her cousins in the living room,” Em Issa, Worood’s mother explains. “Suddenly we heard the sound of aircraft over the house. We tried to flee, but the cluster bombs had already exploded. “Three children died and everyone...

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Iraq: A brighter future for Tiba

Iraq: A brighter future for Tiba

A few weeks ago, Tiba fled the city of Mosul with her family and took refuge in the Khazer camp for displaced people, not too far from the front lines. Due to a congenital condition, she has difficulty standing and walking. To make Tiba’s life easier and to help her...

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Handicap International ranked #8 in the world

Handicap International ranked #8 in the world

NGO Advisor ranked Handicap International #8 out of 500 of the world’s non-governmental organizations. This is the fifth annual NGO Advisor ranking, which uses transparency, accountability, governance, impact, and innovation to evaluate organizations. "We are so pleased to receive this tremendous recognition," says Jeff Meer, executive director of Handicap International...

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2016 Harkin Summit Remarks

2016 Harkin Summit Remarks

Handicap International's Director General, Manuel Patrouillard, delivered the following remarks at the closing of the first annual  Harkin International Disability Employment Summit, which took place Dec. 8 and 9, in Washington, DC. The Summit gathered more than 180 government officials, professionals with disabilities, business and civil society leaders,...

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Indonesia earthquake: team assessing needs in worst-affected areas

Indonesia earthquake: team assessing needs in worst-affected areas

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. The earthquake flattened more than 200 houses and buildings, including shops and mosques, in the worst-affected districts of Bireuen and Pidie Jaya. At least 97 people have been killed and more than 200 injured. Aceh province has declared...

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Thailand: "I don't want to leave my brother alone"

Thailand:

Twice a week, Saw, 12, takes his little brother Kyan, 4, to the Handicap International rehabilitation center. It’s a 15 minute walk through the refugee camp, along steep and often inaccessible paths, with his brother’s weight heavy on his back. But Saw persists, because the rehabilitation sessions are far too...

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9 to 5

9 to 5

On Dec. 3, we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This month, we also mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At no point in my lifetime have so many people with disabilities had so many opportunities and attention...

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