Hurricane Matthew, which has made landfall on the south-western tip of Haiti and is expected to reach Cuba on Tuesday evening, could affect millions of people, according to the United Nations. The Haitian government has appealed to the international community for help. Already present in the field, Handicap International’s teams have been mobilised and plan to launch an emergency response based on the needs identified.
Handicap International’s teams are preparing to provide assistance to the victims of a potential natural disaster as hurricane Matthew impacts Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October.
More than 250,000 people around the world suffer from spinal cord injuries, mainly as a result of road accidents, falls or acts of violence. These injuries often cause disabilities. For more than 25 years, Handicap International, in conjunction with the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS), has provided quality rehabilitation care to the injured, strengthened their social inclusion and helped them find a job.
President Barack Obama will be attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in Laos from 6 to 8 September 2016. His visit, the first ever by an American president to Laos, comes more than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, during which the United States dropped in excess of two million tonnes of bombs on Laos, including more than 270 million sub-munitions.
Anne Héry , head of advocacy at Handicap International, explains the reasoning behind the Cluster Munition Monitor, an annual report published in September.
Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya and Sudan over the last two years. They have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are the main victims of cluster bombs. But what exactly are they?
Handicap International has been working in Libya since 2011. Due to the country’s extreme political and security instability the organisation relocated its Tunisian delegation to Tunis in July 2014. Anne Barthès who has been leading the mission since last February reflects on the programmes currently being run by Handicap International, five years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
Eleven people were killed and a dozen injured in an airstrike on a hospital supported by medical aid group Médecins sans frontières in the city of Abs, in Hajja province, northern Yemen, on Monday 15 August. The attack came two days after an airstrike on a school in the province of Sadaa, which claimed the lives of ten children. Handicap International and five other humanitarian organisations are demanding an independent investigation into the attacks. Handicap International has strongly condemned these airstrikes and is calling on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law.
In emergency situations, many vulnerable people do not get sufficient assistance, because of their disability or their isolation. On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, Handicap International reaffirms its commitment to make humanitarian aid accessible to every affected people without distinction.
July 29, 2016. Handicap International is an international not-for-profit organisation with over 30 years of experience implementing humanitarian assistance and development programs around the world. It has been active in Canada since 2003. This consultation process provides a welcome opportunity to reflect upon Canada’s role in addressing some of the most urgent issues in the fields of development and humanitarian assistance today. We hope that our contributions will impact positively on the outcomes of this significant initiative.
When Real Madrid play Sevilla FC in the UEFA Super Cup in the Norwegian city of Trondheim on Tuesday 9 August, the UEFA Foundation for Children will join Handicap International in condemning the use of explosive weapons in populated areas in recent and current conflicts worldwide. During the opening ceremony, the captains of both teams will be escorted by two Afghan and Syrian children with disabilities, now refugees in Norway. Together, they will carry the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League cups onto the pitch.
The U.S. dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War. Handicap International’s Laotian demining teams have been clearing deadly unexploded ordnance (UXO) since 2006. Handicap International Deminer Lumngen explains what her job involves and what motivates her to do this challenging work.
Cluster bombs have been used in at least 47 airstrikes in Syria since 27 May 2016, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch. Dozens of civilians were killed in these offensives. Before the release of these figures, the NGO had already published two reports, in February 2016 and December 2015, condemning the use of cluster munitions in Syria.
Since January 2016, Handicap International runs a logistics platform to help humanitarian organisations reach the most vulnerable people in the Central African Republic. Despite challenging conditions, Handicap International’s lorries continue to deliver humanitarian aid to the most isolated areas of the country. Cyril Chérie, Handicap International’s logistics project manager in Bangui, tells us more.
Uma, 18, lost her leg after Nepal earthquake. Thanks to Handicap International support, she received a prosthesis and can now walk again.