Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.
On October 17, the city of Raqqa, in Syria, was recaptured by military forces. Five months of fighting have caused a high number of civilian casualties and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
AN ALARMING SITUATION
A year ago, on October 17th 2016, the armed forces launched a military offensive to retake the city of Mosul, in Iraq. More than one million civilians were displaced by the fighting, which lasted nine months, and over 18,000 people were injured. Below is an update on one of the region’s biggest humanitarian crises.
More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August from neighboring Myanmar. Handicap International is stepping up its humanitarian aid effort in response to this crisis, which is unprecedented in the region. Since August 25, the organization has already supplied humanitarian assistance to 15,000 people. Nearly 700 people have already been given rehabilitation care, 4,000 have received emergency psychological support, and we have recorded nearly 6,000 extremely vulnerable individuals.
Last June, 11-year-old Omar had his left leg amputated after being injured in a bomb attack in Mosul. Today, he receives rehabilitation care from Handicap International at the Muharibeen Hospital in Iraq.
As the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh tops 500,000, Handicap International has expressed alarm at the plight of thousands of destitute people arriving in the country every day. Although only half of refugees have received emergency shelters from NGOs in the field, 2,000 Rohingya continue to cross the border daily. Handicap International has sent an additional backup team to help the most vulnerable people access humanitarian assistance.
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Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.
Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Since the end of August, some 400,000 people from the Rohingya minority have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Joining 300,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas already present in the country. The humanitarian needs are huge in terms of food, access to water and sanitary facilities, but also health care, rehabilitation sessions and accommodation.
Handicap International is recruiting a Disability Inclusion Advisor seconded to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to lead the concrete implementation of disability mainstreaming across the Agency as from January 2018 (1 year full time contract), including the support of key programmes (Health, Education, Relief and Social Services, and Infrastructure and Camp Improvement) and across the Agency’s five fields of operation (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip).
Handicap International is recruiting an Technical Coordinator Rights and Inclusion for her development program in Lao PDR (Vientiane) to provide overall technical coordination in the sectors of support to disabled people’s organizations, local inclusive development, mainstreaming disability to stakeholders and national policy development in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.as from December 2017 (1 year full time contract).