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Colombian minefield: urgent need to free country of mines November, 9 2017

Since 1990, mines have caused more than 11,100 casualties in Colombia. Pauline Boyer, mine action coordinator for Handicap International (HI) in Colombia, explains the urgent need to free the country of mines.

  • Colombia

Dayana, 15, grenade casualty: “It feels like I’ve got metal moving in my head” November, 9 2017

Dayana, 15, was seriously injured in a grenade accident in Colombia two years ago. With help from Handicap International (HI) and its partner organisation Tierra de Paz, Dayana has been able to talk with other young explosion victims. Her family has also received financial support to set up their own homemade ice-cream shop - a helping hand to move on from the past. 

  • Colombia

Xiemna, 33: “My life was shattered by a grenade explosion” November, 9 2017

Xiemna, 33, was the victim of a grenade attack in her own home. Within the space of a few seconds, she lost both of her children and suffered serious injuries. With support from Handicap International (HI) and Tierra de Paz, she has been given psychological support and has now set up her own home-made yoghurt business.

  • Colombia

Humanitarian agencies condemn the closure of Yemen's air, sea and land ports November, 8 2017

Eighteen humanitarian agencies expressed serious concern today over the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition’s decision to temporarily close all entry points to Yemen, effectively sealing the country off. The agencies demand that humanitarian operations are allowed to resume immediately and request clarity on the planned duration of the current closure and contingencies to allow humanitarian supplies to be delivered.

  • Yemen

A political declaration on the bombing of civilians October, 27 2017

Handicap International (HI) is taking part in the Meeting of the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations (Disarmament and International Security), which opened in early October. Why is the organisation attending this major international event?


Violence and trauma: the mental health needs of South Sudanese refugees October, 27 2017

More than 1 million people have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the outbreak of civil war in 2013. Many have witnessed or experienced violence, including forced displacement, rape and indiscriminate killing. Handicap International (HI) is providing psychosocial support to respond to the complex and urgent mental health needs of refugees. 

  • South Sudan

“Emergency: helping distribute humanitarian aid” October, 27 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August from neighbouring Myanmar. Handicap International is implementing emergency actions to assist these refugees, who are utterly destitute. Logistics platform coordinator Emmanuel Pajot arrived in the field two weeks ago to address the related logistics and emergency distribution problems. Below, he describes the complexity of the humanitarian situation.

  • Bangladesh

“Rohingya refugees live in inhumane conditions” October, 26 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August from neighbouring Myanmar. Handicap International (HI) is providing these refugees, who are utterly destitute, with emergency humanitarian assistance. Gilles Nouziès, manager of Handicap International’s Asia desk, has travelled to Bangladesh to organise these activities with our teams. Below, he describes the appalling humanitarian situation.

  • Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees: two months into the humanitarian crisis October, 24 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August from neighbouring Myanmar. Handicap International (HI) has implemented a series of emergency actions in aid of Rohingya refugees who, having escaped, now live in utter destitution. Over the last two months, the organisation has already supplied humanitarian assistance to some 20,000 of the most vulnerable people.

  • Bangladesh

Raqqa: “The humanitarian situation is critical and the risks enormous” October, 20 2017

The city of Raqqa in Syria was recaptured by military forces[1] on 17 October 2017. Five months of fighting has caused a high number of civilian casualties and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

 

[1] Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition forces 

  • Syria

“Everything disappeared in front of his eyes - his body couldn’t cope” October, 19 2017

Mohsen, 64, fled the war in Syria with his family. Deeply affected by the events of recent years and his difficult living conditions, he suffered a stroke that left him hemiplegic. Handicap International (HI) is providing him with physiotherapy care, to help him regain some of his mobility. 

  • Syria

Mosul: “Most civilians still need humanitarian assistance” October, 17 2017

A year ago, on October 17th 2016, the armed forces launched a military offensive to retake the city of Mosul, in Iraq. More than one million civilians were displaced by the fighting, which lasted nine months, and over 18,000 people were injured. Below is an update on one of the region’s biggest humanitarian crises. 

  • Iraq

Bangladesh crisis: Handicap International (HI) beefs up its emergency assistance October, 16 2017

More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August from neighbouring Myanmar. Handicap International (HI) is stepping up its humanitarian aid effort in response to this crisis, which is unprecedented in the region. Since 25 August, the organisation has already supplied humanitarian assistance to 15,000 people.

  • Bangladesh

Handicap International deploys backup team October, 13 2017

As the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh tops 500,000, Handicap International has expressed alarm at the plight of thousands of destitute people arriving in the country every day. Although only half of refugees have received emergency shelters from NGOs in the field, 2,000 Rohingya continue to cross the border daily. Handicap International has sent a backup team to help the most vulnerable individuals access humanitarian assistance.

  • Bangladesh

Advancing the rights of people with mental or psychosocial disabilities October, 9 2017

Handicap International (HI) and the Agence française de développement (AFD) will hold a two-day mental health workshop for funding bodies, mental health professionals and users at the AFD’s head office in Paris from 11 to 12 October. UNIFOR, Canada’s largest private sector union, will be present. Some 50 people are expected to attend. Aude Bausson, coordinator of the West Africa mental health programme, explains what the two-day workshop hopes to achieve.