Several NGOs operating in Yemen are calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities across Yemen, including in Sanaa. The NGOs are asking parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access to people in need and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.
On 13 November, voters in Somaliland elected their new president. Over a period of more than two years, Handicap International (HI) encouraged people with disabilities to participate in the electoral system. This inclusive elections initiative was implemented in six of the country’s regions and benefited some 300,000 people with disabilities.
Handicap International (HI) organised several events in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December as part of its efforts to engage the authorities on rehabilitation issues. These events included a photo exhibition and a concert by the singer B.I.C. - a star in Haiti and the organisation’s ambassador.
Handicap International (HI) works in several countries to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals in humanitarian assistance. Its action includes awareness-raising, training, the audit of inclusive humanitarian action and support to implement it. In Lebanon, at the request of Unicef, HI is providing assistance to its partners to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities in all hygiene and sanitation projects targeted at Syrian refugees.
This #givingtuesday Handicap International UK is inviting you to help us to raise £3,000, which could provide 100 new prosthetic limbs for children living with disabilities around the world.
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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.
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More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and 9,000 injured in the conflict in Yemen over the last three years. Although more than 70% of the population (21 million Yemenis) need emergency aid, the blockade imposed on 6th November 2017 has aggravated an already disastrous humanitarian situation, preventing the entry of foodstuffs, medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Seven million people are on the brink of famine. Arnaud Pont, Yemen emergency desk officer at Handicap International (HI), explains the gravity of the situation:
HI works in five health centres and hospitals in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, where it provides rehabilitation care and distributes mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs), among other activities. The impact on the population and humanitarian operations is likely worsen rapidly if the blockade imposed on 6th November 2017 is not lifted. François Olive-Keravec, Yemen programme director at Handicap International (HI), who is currently in Sanaa, describes the situation in the field.
Ayesha Begum is 22 years old. In early September, she took refuge in Bangladesh where, with her three children, she joined her brothers in a temporary shelter on the edge of Kutupalong camp. Her husband is dead. She takes part in a parents’ club organised by HI, which provides psychosocial support to mothers living as refugees.
Abu Sadeq is one of 600,000 Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar since 25th August 2017. Seriously injured in an attack, he describes his life in Uchinprang camp, in Bangladesh.
12 days since land, air and seaports in Yemen were closed, aid agencies are appalled by the complacency and indifference of the international community regarding the historic humanitarian disaster now unfolding.
Abdel Rahman was injured in a bombing in Mosul last May which led to the loss of his right leg. He now lives with his family in a tent in Hasansham camp, Iraq, where Handicap International is providing him with rehabilitation care and psychological support. Your donation could provide hope to an innocent child like Abdel Rahman and let them know that someone cares this Christmas.
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In April 2017, one-year-old Ali and his family were used as human shields in Mosul, Iraq. Caught in a bombing, Ali was severely injured and both his parents and brother were killed. This Christmas, your donation could let an innocent child like Ali know that someone cares.
“What did he do to deserve this?” 10/11/17
3-year-old Fayez was injured in a suicide attack in Syria, in 2017. He and his parents have since taken refuge in Lebanon. Partially paralysed when he arrived in the country, he is now being treated by a team from Humanity & Inclusion, which is providing him with physiotherapy care.
More than 1 million people have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the outbreak of civil war in 2013. Many have witnessed or experienced violence, including forced displacement, rape and indiscriminate killing. Handicap International (HI) is providing psychosocial support to respond to the complex and urgent mental health needs of refugees.
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