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“When the war is over, I’ll go back home” May, 18 2017

When Mohammad, Handicap International’s physiotherapist, arrives outside Adnan’s tent, the old man warmly invites him inside. “I was waiting for you!” he says with a smile as Mohammad sits beside him. “Handicap International is the only organisation that has helped me since I arrived. You’re always welcome in my home,” he adds with emotion. Mohammad smiles and asks how Adnan, who is still recovering from surgery, is feeling today. Ten days ago, his health took a turn for the worse, and doctors had to amputate his left leg.

  • Iraq

“We need to live” May, 17 2017

Last year, Jihan was severely burned when she was hit by a bombing in Mosul. A month ago, she fled the city with her family and took refuge in Hasansham camp, in Iraqi Kurdistan. One of Handicap International’s teams met with Jihan and suggested she take part in a physiotherapy session to learn some daily exercises, in order to ease her condition.

Sawsan’s injuries May, 17 2017

In January 2017, Sawsan and her family were injured in an air attack as they were fleeing the fighting in Mosul.  They now live in Khazer, one of the largest camps for displaced people from Iraq. Since she arrived, Handicap International has provided Sawsan with physiotherapy sessions and psychological support. The organisation is assisting other members of her family too, also injured in the attack.

  • Iraq

“I’m scared for my daughter” May, 16 2017

Nearly a month ago, Sinat’s family arrived in Khazer camp, where some 30,000 people who have fled Mosul and its surroundings now live. Sinat suffers from cerebral palsy and her parents are worried about her health. She was recently visited by one of Handicap International’s teams, who immediately began providing her with physiotherapy care.   

Mosul: Handicap International expands its emergency response May, 15 2017

“Almost seven months after the start of the military operation to recapture the city of Mosul, more than 12,000 civilians have been injured in the assault or as they tried to escape the fighting,” explains Maud Bellon, Handicap International’s field coordinator for the Mosul Emergency Response. “More than half come from the western part of the city, where armed forces are still conducting military operations.”

  • Iraq

East Africa: fighting malnutrition in innovative ways May, 12 2017

820,000 children in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Handicap International’s pioneering treatment methods will help to ensure that they recover and thrive.

  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Somaliland

Food Crisis: Reaching people in need May, 11 2017

Across East Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes in search of food and security. With so many people on the move and in need of assistance, Handicap international is concerned that some people may fall through the cracks. Our teams in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somaliland are determined not to let this happen.

  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Somaliland

“I just want him to live a normal life” May, 8 2017

Ahmed is eight years old. He was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his body movement and muscle control. In 2016, after having endured over five years of war in Syria, he and his family decided to flee to Jordan. They now live in Azraq refugee camp, where Handicap International provides Ahmad with physiotherapy sessions.

  • Jordan

Giving a voice to Syrians May, 5 2017

In January 2017, French photographer Philippe de Poulpiquet spent two weeks with Handicap International’s teams in Jordan and Lebanon. Every day, they went out to visit Syrian refugees, including numerous victims of explosive weapons.

  • Syria

Print a limb: encouraging results using 3D printed prosthetics May, 5 2017

Handicap International has been testing whether computer assisted design and 3D printing can improve access to high-quality artificial limbs. As the first clinical trials in Togo, Madagascar and Syria conclude, we are pleased to announce positive results and the launch of the next phase of this cutting edge research. 

  • Madagascar
  • Togo
  • Syria

Harit’s long road to recovery May, 2 2017

In December 2016, Harith suffered serious leg injuries in a rocket attack, in Mosul. Metal external fixations come out from Harith’s leg, testifying to the severity of his accident.

  • Iraq

Strolling through the land of 11,100 victims of mines and explosive devices April, 28 2017

Jemerson, 12 years old, lives in Colombia in the town of Corinto, an area severely affected by the conflict which tore Colombia apart for fifty years. When he was 10 years old he lost his left hand after sustaining an injury from an antipersonnel landmine. Jemerson has been attending rehabilitation sessions with support from Handicap International. The child is hanging on and he still has hope.

  • Colombia

Threat of famine in East Africa: Q & A with Xavier Duvauchelle April, 21 2017

A severe food crisis is advancing across East Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. In this interview, Xavier Duvauchelle, Handicap International’s desk officer for the East African region, explains the scale of the disaster and how our teams on the ground are responding.

  • Yemen
  • South Sudan

Nirmala and Khendo, 2 years after the earthquake: They are inseparable April, 20 2017

Victims of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015, Nirmala and Khendo, both 10, had to be amputated. With the support of Handicap International, the two girls attended rehabilitation sessions and received prosthesis. Two years later, the girls make their way back to school.

  • Nepal

Mosul: an average of 9,000 displaced each day April, 10 2017

The exodus from Mosul is intensifying. On February 19th, the military forces launched the second phase of their offensive to retake Mosul, in Iraq. Since then, over 150 000 people have fled the fighting in the western part of the city. The flow of IDPs increases, with an average of 9 000 newly displaced people every day.

  • Iraq