Cyclone Enawo, which made landfall on the north-eastern coast of Madagascar on Tuesday 7th March 2017, could affect 2 million people, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System. Handicap International’s teams already present in the country have been mobilised and are preparing to launch an emergency response based on the needs.
Famine was declared in several regions of South Sudan in February 2017: 4.5 million people, half of the country’s population, are surviving on what they can find or facing starvation. Xavier Duvauchelle, head of the Eastern and Southern Africa Desk at Handicap International, explains more.
- South Sudan
Celebrating women with disabilities 02/03/17
On 8th March each year, Handicap International celebrates International Women’s Day. The day is an opportunity for us to recognise the exceptional achievements of ordinary women around the world.
Handicap International has been working to support 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.
Four months after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, many people still need humanitarian aid. Handicap International has distributed emergency kits and household items to one thousand homes, benefiting more than 4,700 people affected by the disaster. The organisation has also transported more than 270 tonnes of humanitarian equipment to people living in remote areas.
What are cluster bombs? 01/03/17
Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions over the last two years in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya and Sudan. Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are overwhelmingly the main victims. But what exactly are these weapons?
15th March 2017 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 Syria. Inside the country, 6.5 million have been internally displaced and 13.5 million people currently need humanitarian assistance. Handicap International has been providing assistance to the Syrian people since the start of the crisis and has been carrying out activities in Syria itself for the past four years.
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.
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.
Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Handicap International UK, blogs on the recent UK Home Office decision to suspend the entry of disabled child refugees through the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme.
- United Kingdom
In February 2017, Handicap International staff members from Bangladesh, Thailand and Pakistan gathered for a training on early child development, and how to foster the well-being of children in the early years. The training is an important part of the Growing Together project that supports vulnerable children in displacements settings through play.
In January 2017, Handicap International launched weapons clearance operations in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala in Iraq. In one month, the organisation has already destroyed more than 1,000 explosive remnants of war in sectors seriously affected by fighting.
Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Handicap International, was present at the 20th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors, which ended on 10th February 2017. Here, he explains why Handicap International is committed to humanitarian mine action.
Ukraine must not be forgotten 13/02/17
At the end of January, Arnaud Pont, who oversees Handicap International's projects in Ukraine, attended The Human Face of the Eastern Conflict conference in Brussels , which aims to address the humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict. Arnaud gives an update on this forgotten crisis.
- Ukraine (no interventions)