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Bombing of a camp for the internally displaced

The aerial bombardment of a camp for internally displaced Syrians in Sarmada, near the Turkish border, caused at least 28 deaths and left more than 50 individuals wounded on Thursday, May 5.

 

Wounded in the spine by shrapnel during a bombing , is Dia'a suvi by a physiotherapist from Handicap International

Handicap International condemns this military operation and notes that indiscriminate or deliberate attacks against civilians constitute violations of international humanitarian law.  Explosive weapons are used in a massive way in populated areas of Syria with an appalling impact on civilians, who are the principal victims.  The international community must act to end this practice, which causes heavy casualties on civilians, including in other conflict zones such as Yemen, Ukraine and Afghanistan.

When used in populated areas, explosive weapons kill, and create suffering and grave injuries (burns, open wounds, and fractures, for example).  They cause disabilities and significant psychological trauma.  They destroy homes and essential civilian infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, while creating forced displacement of the resident population.

The remains of explosive weapons that persist in impacted zones create a permanent threat to civilians long after the conflict has ended, making it impossible to remain living there or to return to these extremely dangerous places after an attack or the end of a conflict.   

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Interview with Laurie Druelle, Head of Partnerships for Armed Violence Reduction
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Explosive weapons

Interview with Laurie Druelle, Head of Partnerships for Armed Violence Reduction

Laurie Druelle is in charge of partnerships for Armed Violence Reduction. Having joined HI in March 2019, Laurie has since supervised risk education activities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Fresh back from Iraq, we asked her a few questions.

Typhoon Kammuri hits the Philippines: HI preparing to assess the needs of those affected.
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Emergency

Typhoon Kammuri hits the Philippines: HI preparing to assess the needs of those affected.

Since Monday evening, the Philippines has been battling typhoon Kammuri. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated.

People with disabilities are still excluded
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Inclusion Rights

People with disabilities are still excluded

As the world celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, HI calls governments and actors involved in development cooperation and humanitarian action to make all efforts to fully include people with disabilities and lift any barriers that discriminate against them.