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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

Hidden and underestimated: How children with disabilities are breaking down barriers to attend school April, 7 2017

In West Africa, millions of children don’t complete their primary education and some have never been to school. Handicap International estimates that a third of these children have a disability. Our inclusive education program runs in nine countries[i] in the region and will ensure that 170,000 children have the opportunity to learn, play, make friends and feel valued in society.

 

[i] Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Níger, Togo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Benín and Guinea Bissau

  • Burkina Faso

Casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war jump record 75% in one year April, 3 2017

There was a record increase in the number of casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 2015, up 75% from 2014. This heavy toll was due to intensive and systematic bombing of populated areas in recent conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine. The vast majority of people killed and injured in these attacks were civilians. Founder of an international campaign to stop the bombing of civilians, Handicap International is once again calling for an immediate end to this practice and for the international community to condemn it in the strongest terms.

  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Syria
  • Ukraine

Together we build a rehabilitation center for disabled refugees March, 30 2017

Kakuma Refugee Camp hosts more than 180,000 uprooted refugees who have fled wars and persecutions in neighboring countries. It is a massive 12 sq km camp, with 4 structured districts, 19 primary schools, and a hospital.

  • Kenya

Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years March, 24 2017

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Sudan and, to a lesser extent, Tanzania. In some countries, conflicts have caused severe food shortages. Handicap International is preparing to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.
 

  • Yemen
  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Ukraine

Cyclone Enawo: over 52,000 people affected March, 10 2017

Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar and will end its course in the Anosy region (south-east). The authorities have reported severe damage caused not only by the cyclone itself but by the subsequent flooding it has caused. The national office of risk and disaster management is reporting 10,000 displaced persons and 52,000 people affected. Handicap International's teams have started to assess the population's needs.

 

 

 

 


Tens of thousands on brink of famine March, 6 2017

Famine was declared in several regions of South Sudan last week: 4.5 million people, half of the country’s population, are surviving on what they ca--n find or facing starvation. Xavier Duvauchelle, head of the Eastern and Southern Africa Desk at Handicap International, explains more.
 

  • South Sudan

Supporting working women with disabilities March, 2 2017

On the 8th March each year, Handicap International celebrates International Women’s Day. Today is an opportunity for us to recognise the exceptional achievements of ordinary women around the world.


Explosive weapons in populated areas kill and maim civilians March, 2 2017

Handicap International has been working with Syrians in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria since 2011. Over the years, the conflict has reached unimaginable levels of brutality. At the centre of this spiral of violence, is the issue of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and its disastrous consequences on civilians. Mélanie Broquet, Handicap International Project Monitoring and Coordination Manager, explains.
 

  • Syria

Haiti: “We can finally rebuild our home” March, 1 2017

Four months after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, many people still need humanitarian aid. Handicap International has distributed emergency kits and household items to a thousand homes, benefiting more than 4,700 disaster-affected people. The organisation has also transported more than 270 tonnes of humanitarian equipment to people living in remote areas.

  • Haiti

Syria: A country in crisis for six years February, 28 2017

March 15th will mark the sixth anniversary of the Syrian crisis. Since 2011, more than 300,000 Syrians have died and one million have been injured. Close to 5 million people have fled the country and 6.5 million have been internally displaced. 13.5 million people currently need humanitarian assistance in Syria. Handicap International has been providing assistance to the Syrian people since the start of the crisis and has been carrying out its activities in Syria itself for the past four years.
 

  • Syria

Yemen: Acute and urgent needs February, 21 2017

After two years of war, violence is part of daily life in Yemen. Handicap International is therefore providing support to rehabilitation departments in three health centres in Sana’a, where it has already assisted more than 4,500 people since August 2015.
 

  • Yemen

Handicap International-supported hospital impacted by an airstrike in Syria February, 15 2017

A Handicap International-supported hospital in the governorate of Dar’a (South Syria) was indirectly hit by an airstrike on the evening of the 13th of February. Several staff members are injured and the building is partially damaged.

  • Syria