A major food crisis triggered by drought and conflict is affecting more than 20 million people in East Africa. Concerned by both factors, Handicap International is working in Ethiopia to ensure the most vulnerable people have access to humanitarian aid and provide malnourished children with physiotherapy.
Handicap International condemns the heavy price paid by civilians in Mosul, Iraq. More than 150 civilians were killed in an international coalition airstrike on Mosul’s Al-Jadida district on 17th March 2017.
Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Sudan and, to a lesser extent, Tanzania. In some countries, conflicts have caused severe food shortages. Handicap International is preparing to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.
- South Sudan
A new exhibition, "BOMBED", gives a voice to Syrian refugees injured by explosive weapons. People like Sondos, 8, who was injured when her school in Syria was bombed.
Cyclone Enawo, which hit Madagascar on 6, 7 and 8 March 2017, has affected some 300,000 people, including 175,000 in Antalaha district, in the northeast of the country. More than 85,000 people are still displaced from their homes. According to the authorities, the cyclone and subsequent flooding have caused extensive damage. Handicap International’s teams are preparing to assist the population.
Meet seven-year-old Salam, a Syrian girl who was tragically injured by an unexploded weapon. After Doctors in Jordan amputated her left leg and part of her right foot, Humanity & Inclusion's team fitted her with a prosthesis and now provides her with regular physiotherapy care.
Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar and will end its course in the Anosy region (south-east). The authorities have reported severe damage caused not only by the cyclone itself but by the subsequent flooding it has caused. The national office of risk and disaster management is reporting 10,000 displaced persons and 52,000 people affected. Handicap International's teams have started to assess the population's needs.
Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Handicap International UK, describes the shocking legacy of explosive weapons contamination facing civilians in Iraq.
- United Kingdom
Cyclone Enawo reached Madagascar on the evening of Tuesday 7th March, sweeping through the country. The scale of the damage caused is still unknown. It is feared that in the north-east regions, hit overnight, there may be significant destruction. Nearly 600,000 people have faced violent winds (over 120 km/h), which have battered their homes and their crops. Handicap international’s teams, already present in certain areas, will head to the most severely affected parts of the country as soon as conditions allow.
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.