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Iraq: Unprecedented level of contamination from explosive remnants of war and IEDs 03/10/16

Thomas Hugonnier, Head of Handicap International’s Mine Action programme, oversees the organisation’s clearance activities in Iraq, which aim to protect civilians from explosive remnants of war in the country.

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Iraq: Identifying dangerous zones for weapons clearance 19/07/16

In early 2016, Handicap International launched weapons clearance actions in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala, in Iraq. After several months of preliminary non-technical surveys and the marking of contaminated areas, clearance operations will soon start in these regions.

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Iraq: Level of contamination from explosive remnants of war is unique 04/07/16

Handicap International’s demining expert, Simon Elmont, coordinates the organisation’s efforts in Iraq to protect civilians from explosive remnants of war. These actions aim at clearing areas contaminated in previous wars and zones affected more recently by conflicts, such as territories occupied by the Islamic State group.

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Iraq: Sharing experiences to rebuild confidence 22/06/16

In Iraq, Handicap International runs psychosocial support sessions for people affected by the current crisis, many of whom have been displaced from their homes. In Kirkuk governorate, the organisation runs regular group sessions to help people overcome trauma related to the conflict.

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“It’s our duty to make our voices heard” 22/06/16

Handicap International has been providing support to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in Iraq since 2014. In Kurdistan, the organisation runs a regional project called “Syrian Disability Representatives”, which aims to support Syrian representatives able to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities who have fled the conflict in Syria and found refuge in the region.

  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Syria

I want him to be more independent - Improving access to physiotherapy in Iraq 22/06/16

Awyar, 6, was born with cerebral palsy. His father, Razgar, plays an active role supporting his little boy in the rehabilitation sessions organised by Handicap International.

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Iraq: Saving lives and limbs through mine awareness 22/06/16

Since the beginning of its emergency response in Iraq in 2014, Handicap International has conducted mine risk education activities in several of the country’s governorates. Improving the safety of internally displaced people, returnees and local populations is one of the organisation’s main goals in the region.  

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Iraq: “We’re recovering together, from the same tragedy” 22/06/16

In June 2016, after two years of fighting between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces and the Islamic State group, more than 3.4 million people have been displaced in Iraq. Since the start of the crisis, Handicap International has been providing assistance to these displaced people. And some of the organisation’s staff members also share their experiences. Hareth, Zahra and Rana fled their city to escape the fighting. Now, they tell us their story.

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Saadi: “My family is all I have left” 21/06/16

Saadi was forced to flee his hometown in Iraq after it fell into the hands of the Islamic State group. Months later, the armed group retreated from his region and Saadi returned to check on his house. The instant he opened the front door, a bomb exploded, leaving him seriously injured. Today, Saadi and his family are trying to recover from this traumatic event with help from Handicap International.

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Iraq: Abdelillah turns towards the future 21/06/16

Abdelillah lost his leg in an attack on his home village, in the centre of Iraq, more than ten years ago. In 2014, when the Islamic State group seized control of his region, Abdelillah fled with his family to the north of the country. As part of the response we provide to displaced Iraqis, Handicap International has offered Abdelillah the chance to attend psychosocial and physiotherapy sessions.

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Helping people cope with the trauma they have experienced 23/03/15

In the wake of the conflict in Iraq, more than 2 million Iraqis have left their homes and everything they own behind them. A large proportion has suffered physical and psychological violence. Over 900,000 of them have been displaced to Iraqi Kurdistan, notably in the governorates of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah. Olivia Nevissas is one of the staff members deployed by Handicap International to help the families made most vulnerable by the crisis.

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Being there for the victims of the Syria crisis 04/03/15

The Syria conflict has disrupted the lives of 12 million people, of which 3.3 million have sought refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan.

  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Syria

We jumped into our cars leaving everything behind us 23/01/15

Ali is 65 years old. He is currently living in the governorate of Dohuk with 24 other members of his family. Three years ago he had a stroke which left him with severely reduced mobility in his left leg. He therefore finds it difficult to get about and to perform certain day-to-day tasks. With support from Handicap International, Ali has seen his mobility improve.

  • Iraq