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“I was so shaken up my heart stopped”

“I was so shaken up my heart stopped”

“It was in 2014, but I remember it like it was yesterday,” Salim, 60, tells Awtar, Handicap International’s psychosocial worker in Iraq. “Our neighbors told us the Islamic State group had arrived in Jalawla and we immediately fled. On our way, my son suffered health complications due to his diabetes....

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Expecting a baby like me

Expecting a baby like me

My family recently welcomed my newborn niece–the most perfect little bundle of joy. As I was celebrating becoming an aunt, an Ob-Gyn reached out to me about one of her patients. In her email, she told me about a woman who was six-months pregnant with her first child (a girl!)....

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Mosul: “The number of displaced people has doubled in the past week”

Mosul: “The number of displaced people has doubled in the past week”

More than 55,000 people have been displaced since the launch of the Mosul offensive in Iraq. Handicap International will start providing assistance to vulnerable people in displacement areas starting next week.  “The number of displaced people has more than doubled over the last week and the needs of people who...

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The Bolivian boy who fell asleep on the train tracks...

The Bolivian boy who fell asleep on the train tracks...

When Ismael was four, he lived with his parents and two older sisters in the city of Oruro–in western Bolivia. Ismael was a cheerful and energetic boy, who loved playing outdoors. One day, when his mother was out of town and his father was busy, Ismael went to the train...

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Mosul: Mounting emergency needs

Mosul: Mounting emergency needs

More than 34,000 displaced people from the towns and villages surrounding Mosul have arrived in Qayyarah, Al Haj Ali, and the Jad’ah and Debaga displaced persons camps. Handicap International is assessing the needs of individuals—with a special emphasis on those with disabilities—and preparing to offer rehabilitation, psychosocial support, and mine...

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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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