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14 Mar 2018 description

Globally, 35% of women have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual violence in their lifetime. And women and girls with disabilities are nearly ten times more likely to experience sexual violence–a serious violation of their rights.

“Violence against women and girls with disabilities is invisible, poorly understood, and largely ignored,” explains Bénédicte de la Taille, Humanity & Inclusion’s protection from violence expert.

12 Dec 2017 description

Since the outbreak of the civil war in South Sudan 4 years ago, on the 13th of December 2013, millions of South Sudanese have been and are still fleeing every day from brutal violence, extensive food insecurity and a lack of access to basic services. Handicap International is supporting civilians displaced within the country and the people who took refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda.

12 Sep 2017 description

Since the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013, millions of South Sudanese are fleeing from brutal violence and extensive food insecurity. Fleeing civilians are displaced within the country or are taking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda or Kenya. Since 17th August, the staggering threshold of 1 million South Sudanese refugees has been reached in Uganda [1]. Handicap International is already supporting people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and is about to launch activities in Uganda.

28 Jul 2017 description

The refugee crisis in South Sudan is one of the most alarming humanitarian situations in the world. Millions of South Sudanese are fleeing from brutal violence and extensive food insecurity. 86% of those who seek safety in neighboring countries are women and children, including at least 75,000 children who have become separated from their families, many of whom are in poor health.

INJURED, HUNGRY, AND RELIEVED

28 Jun 2017 description

Record numbers of people are fleeing war, drought, and famine in South Sudan and Somalia. People with disabilities or injuries are forced to take enormous risks to reach a place of safety. Handicap International is working hard to make sure that thousands of people in similar situations across East Africa receive immediate card and long-term support. Collectively, we have a responsibility to ensure that all refugees live safe, independent, and dignified lives.

04 Aug 2016 description

Handicap International launched an emergency response in eastern Kenya to support a massive influx of refugees from Somalia in 2011. Fleeing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, hundreds of thousands of people settled in the Dadaab camp, the world's largest refugee camp, with a population of 450,000 people.

27 Feb 2016 description

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE UBUNTU CARE PROJECT?

Our aim is to protect children from sexual abuse by teaching them, as well as there parents and teachers, about the risks and how to protect themselves. In the countries where we work, sexual violence against children, particularly children with disabilities, is widespread. Our moderators visit schools to warn and inform children about the risks of sexual violence.

04 Aug 2015 description

Peter, 15, was born deaf but has dedicated his young life to communicating to audiences across his native Kenya about protecting children from sexual abuse. With support from Handicap International, he recently spoke at the Kenyan Children’s Assembly, a national government body for children.

“Using a sign language interpreter, I spoke to other children about their rights,” says Peter. “It was amazing.”

27 Jul 2015 description

Summary

Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.

The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.

23 Jul 2015 description

Since Christine was a girl, she has watched violence tear apart communities in western Kenya. Now 30, with three children of her own and a job working in the fields and selling vegetables at the market, she is helping her neighbors avoid violence.

13 Mar 2014 description

In Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi, where Handicap International is working to eliminate sexual violence, children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be victims of violence or sexual abuse. Children have an important role to play in the organisation’s campaign. “I see the terrible consequences of this type of trauma with my own eyes. We can’t just stand idly by and let it happen,” says Marie, a 13 year old Rwandan girl.

13 Nov 2013 description

NGOs welcome an agreement with potential to enhance opportunities for Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees

NGOs engaged in the search for durable solutions for Somali refugees in Kenya, congratulate the governments of Somalia and Kenya, and UNHCR for developing the Tripartite Agreement on Somali refugees in Kenya. The Tripartite Agreement is a first and important step towards finding durable solutions for Somali refugees in the region.

07 May 2013 description

Handicap International has launched a regional project to prevent sexual violence against children with disabilities in Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya. The organisation decided to take action after learning that children with disabilities are 3 to 4 times more likely to be affected by physical and sexual violence than children without disabilities.

30 Nov 2011 description

Handicap International aims to continue its 20-year effort to promote equal access to and the full involvement of people with disabilities in the global response to HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day (December 1) is an opportunity to highlight the fact that HIV/AIDS is also a disabling disease that causes impairments and limits the activities and social participation of people with the disease. This disability affects people who have contracted the virus but also their families and communities.

29 Aug 2011 description

Antoine Larochette, head of Handicap International’s emergency mission in Kenya, has been travelling across the camps of Dadaab for several weeks. In that time, he has witnessed a constant increase in the number of refugees arriving at the camp. They include very vulnerable individuals who need special case-management.

“I was in Ifo, in one of the Dadaab camps, on Thursday morning with some of the emergency team,” explains Antoine Larochette, Handicap International’s head of mission in Kenya. “The refugees continue to arrive at a rapid rate - well over a thousand a day.”

24 Aug 2011 description

Background

The countries of East Africa, particularly Somalia, Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Djibouti, are currently facing a major food crisis.

Some 12 million people, a huge majority of whom are women and children, are now threatened with food shortages and even famine. On July 20, a state of famine was declared in two regions of southern Somalia, followed by another three on August 3. There is now a very definite risk that this disastrous situation will spread to neighboring districts unless a large-scale operation is quickly organized.

11 Aug 2011 description

Contexte

Une crise alimentaire frappe aujourd’hui l'Est de l'Afrique et plus particulièrement la Somalie, l'Ethiopie, le Nord du Kenya et Djibouti.

Près de 11 millions de personnes, dont une écrasante majorité de femmes et d'enfants, doivent aujourd'hui affronter la disette, voire la famine. Depuis le 20 juillet, l'état de famine a en effet été déclaré dans cinq régions du sud de la Somalie, avec un risque majeur de voir s'étendre ce fléau aux districts voisins si une opération d'envergure n'est pas organisée de toute urgence.

05 Aug 2011 description

Contexte

Une crise alimentaire frappe aujourd’hui l'Est de l'Afrique et plus particulièrement la Somalie, l'Ethiopie, le Nord du Kenya et Djibouti.