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Handicap International works to raise awareness of accidents caused by anti-personnel landmines and unexploded devices in Libya. The organisation provides basic medical assistance, including rehabilitation care for displaced people, particularly children and people with disabilities. Handicap International also supports local health and rehabilitation centres.

A risk education session in a school, Handicap International Libya

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The organisation provides risk education on mines and explosive remnants of war with the support of local partners.

Its mobile teams also identify the most vulnerable displaced people, especially children and people with disabilities in need of medical care, particularly rehabilitation and psychosocial support. They are either provided with care by our teams or referred to the nearest health centres. Handicap International also supports four heath centres. It trains staff and distributes orthopaedic devices, aids and information to medical staff and patients.

Handicap International raises the awareness of displaced populations to the rights of people with disabilities and their inclusion in society.

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African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Libya: Supporting children marked by war
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Explosive weapons Health Rehabilitation

Libya: Supporting children marked by war

Handicap International has been running operations in Libya since 2011. The organisation is now focused on helping children in Tripoli. Every day our mobile team reaches out to children with rehabilitation needs. And an awareness-raising campaign about psychosocial risks and the inclusion of children with disabilities will benefit more than 3,000 people.

Libya: Helping children traumatised by five years of war
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Health Rehabilitation

Libya: Helping children traumatised by five years of war

Handicap International has been working in Libya since 2011. Due to the country’s extreme political and security instability the organisation relocated its operation to Tunis in July 2014. Anne Barthès who has been leading the mission since February 2016, reflects on the programmes currently being run by Handicap International, five years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Background

Since the death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011, Libya has been by racked by violence between rival militias and by the uncontrolled influx of weapons, a situation that has left the country in a state of permanent insecurity. The main challenges now facing Libya lie in its capacity to implement a peace process and ensure the rehabilitation and stability of its institutions.

Prior to 2011, Libya was one of the region’s economic driving forces, thanks largely to its oil revenues. The country ranked 64th (out of 187) on the UN’s Human Development Index, but has slipped to 94th.

Libya has a population of around 6.2 million people. Life expectancy is under 72 years, down from 75 years before the 2011 crisis, and the country’s literacy rate is around 90%.

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