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“I dream of returning home” December, 5 2016

Reema is 72. She is from Gogjali, a village located near the city of Mosul. Three weeks ago, she fled the fighting and arrived in Khazer camp for displaced people, with her family. Suffering from several illnesses, she only survives with their help. Handicap International’s emergency team paid her a visit. 

  • Iraq

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened the way to equality December, 1 2016

Adopted ten years ago by the United Nations, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has since been ratified by 168 States, including Canada. The Convention marked a major step forward in disability rights. However, people with disabilities still suffer serious and multiple discriminations. To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, Handicap International is calling on States to meet their commitments under the Convention and to immediately implement measures to ensure all people with disabilities are included in society. 

Why is there a need for a Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor? November, 24 2016

Anne Héry, Director of Advocacy at Handicap International, explains what is contained in the reports published each year in September and November by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.

A political declaration against the bombing of civilians November, 24 2016

Handicap International is taking part in the conference of States Parties to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, due to be held in Chile this year from 28th November to 1st December. Anne Héry, Director of Advocacy at Handicap International, reflects on the importance of this meeting which should enable us once again to alert governments to the rising number of casualties.

“I want women to know they have rights!” November, 24 2016

25th of November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Christine, 32, lives in West Pokot County, Kenya. A witness of the armed violence that has torn her region apart, she’s now one of Handicap International’s community peace representative. Every day, she raises awareness in communities and helps women learn more about their rights.

  • Kenya

One in three women will experience violence in their lifetimes November, 24 2016

On 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Handicap International is drawing attention to the fact that more than one in three women will experience violence in their lifetimes. Women with disabilities are at even greater risk. For 25 years, the organisation has worked in many countries to prevent such acts of violence and to provide medical and psychological assistance to victims.

“We have no idea what’s around the corner” November, 24 2016

When the Islamic State group captured his hometown in 2014, Khalil fled with his family to Kirkuk, where he now lives with his wife and children in grinding poverty. Over the last few weeks, Handicap International has been providing him with psychosocial support, along with other kinds of assistance.

  • Iraq

Kirkuk: Mine risk education for displaced children November, 22 2016

For over a year, Handicap International’s teams have been providing displaced children in Iraqi schools with information on the risk of mines and other explosive weapons. More than 100,000 people have taken part in these activities since the launch of the organisation’s emergency response in Iraq.

  • Iraq

“I can walk again” November, 22 2016

In 2009, Widad and other members of her family were injured by a car bomb, in Iraq. Five years later, the arrival of armed groups in Jalawla forced her to flee. Since returning home, Handicap International has been providing her with physiotherapy care and, thanks to the organisation’s rehabilitation sessions, Widad can now walk again.

  • Iraq

Joha warns children about the risks of explosives November, 21 2016

Alongside its local partners, Handicap International runs education sessions concerning the risks on Syrian territory, primarily for populations displaced by the violence. The intensity of the bombing which leaves many areas contaminated with explosive remnants of war, the use of mines and improvised explosive devices exposes civilians to the threat of explosions. Laurent Davy, Syria Desk Officer at Handicap International, explains why it is so important to raise the Syrian people’s awareness of this danger.

  • Syria

Civilians: casualties of banned weapons November, 21 2016

Civilians in Yemen are seriously affected by bomb attacks and the explosive remnants of war they leave behind, and by anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices acting as mines[1]. Nearly 1,000 people were killed or injured by these barbaric weapons in 2015[2]. As part of its response, Handicap International provides support to rehabilitation services in three health centres in Sana’a. More than 3,000 people received aid from the organisation between March and September 2016, most of them casualties of the conflict.

“We had to start from scratch” November, 18 2016

Two years ago, Sarmad had to have his leg amputated after he was injured in an attack in Jalawla, Iraq. Months later, his family fled when the Islamic State group captured the city. Early this year, Sarmad and his relatives finally returned home. Handicap International now provides this young father with physiotherapy care and psychosocial support.

  • Iraq

“My heart stopped” November, 18 2016

Salim left Jalawla with his family two years ago after the Islamic State group captured the city. As they fled, his son died and Salim had a heart attack. Since his return to Jalawla, Handicap International’s team monitors him and has provided him with physiotherapy sessions and psychosocial support.

  • Iraq

“I’ve got my smile back again” November, 18 2016

Injured in one of Iraq’s many wars, Sabah had his leg amputated several years ago. When Jalawla was captured by the Islamic State group in 2014, he fled the city with his family. They returned to Jalawla in early 2016. Still traumatised by all he went through, Sabah follows psychosocial support sessions supported by one of Handicap International’s teams. The organisation has also provided him with mobility aids to make his life easier.

  • Iraq

“We lost everything” November, 17 2016

The Islamic State group captured the Iraqi city of Jalawla in August 2014. Heavy fighting then displaced tens of thousands of its inhabitants. Recaptured in December 2015, Jalawla is now one of the most severely damaged cities in the conflict. Even if the area is still contaminated, its residents have gradually begun to move back to their homes, since the beginning of 2016. Handicap International conducts risk education and victim assistance activities there and will shortly begin clearance operations to secure the streets. 

  • Iraq