Since the start of the war in Syria, 6.3 million people have been displaced by violence and found refuge in other parts of the country. At the beginning of 2017, the conflict escalated again in the southern region of Syria, leading to an increase in displaced populations. Handicap International and its partners, in collaboration with other humanitarian actors, implemented distributions of food kits and essential items (blankets, mattresses, etc.) for displaced people experiencing a sudden degradation of their living conditions.
Samra, 39, is from Syria. She has been a refugee in Jordan since early 2016 and now lives in Azraq camp with her five children. After being given physiotherapy care by Handicap International (HI), she is now receiving psychosocial support from the organisation.
The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, made the announcement at the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) that’s being held at the United Nations, in New York, today. This statement was prepared in coordination with her colleague, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
The 16th of June, celebrated as the international day of the African child, is an opportunity to reflect on the important progress that has been made for children in Africa. It is also a day to recognise the injustices and challenges that many African children still face.
Shahed, 12, is from Mosul. On 9 March 2017, she and her family were caught in the middle of fierce fighting. Shahed was seriously injured and doctors amputated her leg. She now lives with her father, brothers and sisters in Khazer displaced people’s camp, in Iraq. One of Handicap International’s teams is providing her with physiotherapy care and psychological support.
Molham had just turned 9 years old when he was injured by a stray bullet in Homs, Syria. In 2014, his family fled the fighting and took refuge in Jordan. Handicap International provides the young boy with rehabilitation care and psychosocial support.
Last April, Sarah and her father were injured in an explosion in Mosul, after being used as human shields. Sarah suffers from a fracture and is now convalescing in Hamdanyiah hospital. One of Handicap International’s physiotherapists pays her regular visits to help her recover from her injury.
Mohamad is 9 years old. In February 2014, his leg was amputated after he was injured in a bombing in Syria. Now a refugee in Jordan with his family, he has been fitted with a prosthesis and receives rehabilitation care from Handicap International (HI).
Salam is a 7-year-old girl from Syria. In autumn 2015, she was injured by an explosive remnant of war and rushed to a hospital in Jordan, where doctors amputated her left leg and part of her right foot. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has fitted her with a prosthesis and now provides her with regular physiotherapy care.
Pushpak Newar is a physiotherapist who has worked for Handicap International for the past 10 years. After implementing development and emergency projects in Nepal, he now coordinates the organisation’s rehabilitation activities in Iraq.
In April, Jeff Meer, Executive Director of Handicap International US, travelled to Mali. He met with Kouyate, a father caring for seven children, three of whom live with physical disabilities. In this personal testimony, Jeff describes the difficulties faced by Kouyate and his family and the hope that Handicap International offers
The Iraqi armed forces announced the launch of the final phase of their offensive to retake the city of Mosul in Iraq.  Since the start of this military operation in October 2016, overhalf a million people  have fled the city. Nearly 200,000 people are still trapped by the fighting  and may flee in the coming days, a situation viewed as highly alarming by Handicap International.
After Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew on 4 October 2016, affecting thousands of people, Handicap International’s physiotherapists were called on to provide assistance to the injured. More than 240 people were given rehabilitation care by Handicap International. Carole and Lorestal, two of the hurricane’s victims, tell us about their experiences.
On the 21st of March 2017, Baker was injured in an air attack in the west of Mosul. After having both of his legs amputated, he is now recovering in a hospital on the outskirts of the city. Handicap International is providing him with physiotherapy care and psychosocial support.