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.
Zibon Sona is an 80 year old widow. She was forced to leave Myanmar in September 2017 and has sought refuge in an improvised refugee camp in Bangladesh. Due to a physical disability, she is unable to move from her canvas shelter and is reliant on her daughter for basic care.
Zibon Sona is an 80 year old widow. She was forced to leave Myanmar in September 2017 and has sought refuge in an improvised refugee camp in Bangladesh. Due to a physical disability, she is unable to move from her tarpaulin shelter and is reliant on her daughter for basic care.
Handicap International today published its new report ‘Everywhere the bombing followed us’. Based on a survey of 205 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and in-depth interviews of 14 Syrian women refugees, the report reveals the multiple forced displacements caused by bombings. The report highlights the specific impact of destruction caused by these bombings on women.
More than 500,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. New arrivals are seeking food and drinking water, access to health care, among other vital needs. Among them are Monowara and her family who have sought safety in a makeshift camp in Bangladesh.
Handicap International (HI) in increasingly concerned for the welfare of tens of thousands of displaced people in the southern Philippines. Since armed conflict broke out in Marawi city, Mindanao, on the 23rd of May 2017, at least 360,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Many are now living in precarious conditions.
Poor access to humanitarian assistance
Since the end of August, some 400,000 Rohingyas have crossed the Myanmar border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. Joining 300,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas already present in the country, the new arrivals need food and drinking water, access to sanitary facilities, health care, rehabilitation sessions, and other accommodations. Handicap International is responding to this emergency by supplying aid to families with acute needs.
Two decades ago, the adoption of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty marked an unprecedented diplomatic victory against these cowardly weapons. The treaty led to a fall in casualty numbers, the destruction of millions of mines, and a virtual end to their use. Since 2014, however, the use of mines has increased in many current conflicts, with a resulting rise in casualty numbers.
Lyon, vendredi 15 septembre 2017
L’ouragan Irma a provoqué des ravages aux Antilles et sur les côtes américaines, faisant de nombreuses victimes. En Haïti, si les vents et les averses ont provoqué des dégâts dans le Nord-est, le pays a échappé au désastre redouté. Mais Handicap International reste mobilisée pour venir en aide aux familles les plus vulnérables, très exposées lors des catastrophes naturelles.
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 . Handicap International is already supporting people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and is about to launch activities in Uganda.
After causing devastation on several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and Saint-Martin, Hurricane Irma was heading towards Haiti. Haiti is regularly hit by major natural disasters and Handicap International’s (HI) teams are expecting to face serious problems accessing the worst-affected areas. And many families will need help for months to come.
Paris le 7 septembre. Après avoir frappé plusieurs îles des Caraïbes, dont Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélemy, faisant des dégâts considérables, l’ouragan Irma se dirige désormais vers le nord d’Haïti. Les équipes de Handicap International présentes sur place s’alarment de la situation alors que la population ne dispose que de très peu de moyens pour se protéger.
After causing considerable damage on several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Irma is moving towards Haiti’s northern coast overnight. Handicap International is extremely concerned for the welfare of the most vulnerable people, who are particularly at risk during large-scale natural disasters. The organisation’s teams, already present in the country, are ready to intervene as soon as the alert is lifted.
After devastating several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Irma is moving toward Haiti’s northern coastline. People living in this disaster-prone country with frail infrastructure and ill-equipped emergency services are preparing for the worst. Our teams have been helping isolated and vulnerable individuals protect themselves in natural disasters like Irma.
Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, is barreling through the Caribbean, and will pass to the north of Haiti on Thursday, September 7. Our colleagues in Haiti are on high alert. “We're ready to launch a response to the hurricane, which could have disastrous consequences,” said Catherine Stubbe, director of Handicap International in Haiti.
As floods and landslides have hit Nepal over the past five days, the death toll has reached 123 dead and at least 35 people are missing. The southern part of the country is the most affected. Thousands of houses have been inundated across the Terai province; 80% of the arable land has been destroyed. 600,000 people are affected by the worst floods in 15 years in Nepal. Handicap International’s (HI) local teams are evaluating how we can help.
Published on the 31st August, The 2017 Cluster Munition Monitor report, reveals a sharp rise in the number of new casualties of cluster munitions, which more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Handicap International is calling on States to enforce international law and to put pressure on belligerent parties to end the use of this barbaric weapon.