Fadi is 34 years old and lives in Syria. For more than a year, he has been working with the risk education team of one of Handicap International’s partners in the south of the country. Fadi had his leg amputated after he was injured by an explosive weapon. He now wants to raise the awareness of other people about the risks these weapons pose.
Salam is 14 years old. Two years ago, her neighbourhood in Syria came under heavy bombardment. And her life was never the same again. Seeing her enter the courtyard of her family’s house today, it’s difficult to imagine the incredible path taken by this young woman, who has been supported by Handicap International since her arrival in Jordan. The organisation’s assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan is supported by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection service (ECHO).
Yaseen, 61, lives with his family in south Syria. In 2013, he was hit by shrapnel when his home was bombed. One of his legs had to be amputated, and he had to flee to another village in Syria. Handicap International’s local partner provides him with physiotherapy sessions. Handicap International’s actions in Syria are implemented with the support of the EU’s humanitarian aid and civil protection service (ECHO).
12-year-old Mohammad, lives in south Syria. In 2014, a car exploded as he was crossing the street, leaving him severely injured. Two years after his accident, Mohammad still needs physiotherapy sessions to recover from the fractures in his arm and leg. Handicap International is able to assist him with help from the EU’s humanitarian aid and civil protection service (ECHO) and its local partner.
The U.S. dropped more than two million tonnes of bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War. Humanity & Inclusion’s demining teams have been clearing deadly unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the country since 2006. HI deminer Lumngen, also a mother of two, explains what her job involves and what motivates her to do this challenging work.
A Handicap International-supported hospital in the governorate of Deraa was hit by an air strike on Sunday 31 July, killing and maiming several people, including staff members.
Cluster bombs have been used in at least 47 airstrikes in Syria since 27 May 2016, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch. Dozens of civilians were killed in these offensives. Before the release of these new figures, Human Rights Watch had already published two reports, in February 2016 and December 2015, condemning the use of cluster munitions in Syria.
Since January 2016, Handicap International runs a logistics platform to help humanitarian organisations reach the most vulnerable people in the Central African Republic (CAR). Despite challenging conditions, Handicap International’s lorries continue to deliver humanitarian aid to the most isolated areas of the country. Cyril Chérie, Handicap International’s logistics project manager in Bangui, tells us more.
In July 2011, Handicap International launched emergency operations in eastern Kenya in response to a massive influx of refugees from Somalia. Fleeing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, hundreds of thousands of people settled in the Dadaab camp. With a population of 450,000 people, it became the world’s largest refugee camp. Still present in the camp, Handicap International provided assistance to 12,000 people in 2015.
1st August 2016 is the 6th anniversary of the entry into force of the Oslo Convention which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. Despite the undeniable success of the Convention, which has now been signed by 119 States, the use of cluster munitions has reached record levels since 2010.
Since 2006, Handicap International has cleared more than 25,000 items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, the most heavily bombed country per capita on earth. Leonard Kaminski, the New Zealand-born chief of operations for Handicap International’s demining program in Laos, answers questions about Laos' UXO problem and the organisation’s efforts to clear these weapons.
More than 50,000 people in Laos have been killed or injured by explosive remnants of war leftover from the Vietnam War. Millions of bombs still litter the land. Handicap International mine risk education teams educate children and adults about how to protect themselves and reduce the risk of accidents from these deadly weapons.
Between 1964 and 1973, the U.S. dropped millions of bombs on Laos as part of secret campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply routes through the country. Today, Laotians like Nang, a mother of five, are still being injured and killed by explosive remnants of war. Handicap International helps victims to regain their economic independence. In 2015, the organisation gave Nang two goats so she could start her own business.
He was born in Kompong Cham province, while she was born in Takeo province, further south. Under normal circumstances, they would probably never have met. But Tirean and Navea were both victims of mines in the 1980s. Now married, they are both supported by Handicap International's rehabilitation centre in Kompong Cham.
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.