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Support for Syrian refugees and mine clearance

Syria Crisis

Since the summer of 2012 we have been working in Lebanon to support Syrian refugees that have been injured by fighting in Syria, by directly providing physiotherapy, mobility aids, and psychosocial support and supporting hospitals and clinics. Find out more

A deminer clearing an area of land, Lebanon
© S.Freedman/Handicap International

About Lebanon

Handicap International works in Lebanon to protect civilians from the danger of landmines and other unexploded ordnance. Our demining activities focus on the country's Northern Province where we are the only humanitarian organisation making contaminated land safe for civilians.

Although we began working in Lebanon in 1992, our activities have expanded in recent years in response to rising levels of conflict in the region. In 2007 we began clearing an area of land in the southern Tyre region, which had been contaminated by explosive remnants of war including hundreds of thousands of cluster munitions. 700,000 square metres of land have since been made safe and we have safely destroyed 140,000 sub-munitions. In 2008 we started demining activities in the area around the Nahr el Bared Palestine refugee camp.

Our current activities are taking place in the Northern Province, which is still contaminated by explosive remnants of war dating back to the civil war.

Key facts

• Human Development Index: 71st of 187
• Life expectancy: 73 years
• Population: 4.3 million
Source: UNDP HDR 2011

Ahmad and his physiotherapist, Lofti
Ahmad: The refugee and double amputee who brings joy to others
January, 2014. Ahmad, 7, lost both legs below the knee after a bomb landed behind him while he was playing outside. He and his family fled from Syria to Lebanon in November 2012. Handicap International staff met Ahmad and his family in October 2013 and since then he has received a pair of crutches, a wheelchair, and a toilet chair and is also doing weekly rehabilitation sessions.
Demining team, north Lebanon
North Lebanon: A day with Handicap International’s deminers
Lebanon, September 2013. Handicap International has been conducting demining operations in Lebanon since 2006. This painstaking work to make land safe for the population to use again, is performed by two of our experienced demining teams.
Zakarya, 22, is learning to walk again after being shot in the foot in March 2011.
Zakarya: "Handicap International helped me walk again"
Lebanon, July 2013. Zakarya’s left foot was left paralysed after he was shot during a demonstration in Syria in March 2011. Initially Zakarya decided to stay in Syria but conditions, particularly for people with injuries, became unbearable and in April 2012 he took refuge in Bar Elias in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Our projects

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Syria crisis

Since the summer of 2012 our emergency teams have been working in Lebanon to support Syrian refugees that have been injured in the conflict, by directly providing physiotherapy, mobility aids, and psychosocial support and supporting hospitals and clinics. Find out more

Danger mine sign

Mine clearance

Goal: To reduce the danger posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war by clearing land. Our two demining teams work to detect and then safely detonate any dangerous weapons that they find in this difficult terrain. The demining teams work closely with local communities to conduct mine risk awareness education and keep communities up to date about their work.
Beneficiaries: Local communities in the region of Batroun in Lebanon's Northern Province.

Institutional funding

Handicap International's emergency actions in response to the crisis in Syria are (or have been previously) funded by:

ECHO logo The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luxembourg

Le ministère des Affaires étrangères Grand Duché de Luxembourg

LOGO Swiss Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (DDC)

Le Chaine de Bonheur Swiss Solidarity
Logo - OCHA Syria (250) United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Syria Emergency Response Fund
LOGO---World-Food-Programme(150) World Food Programme
LOGO---Foreign-Affairs-Trade-and-Development-Canada(2)(250) Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
LOGO-RHONE-ALPES-REGION-(250) La Région Rhône Alpes
LOGO-The-German-Ministry-of-Foreign-Affairs(200) The Germen Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Le centre de crise French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs - Crisis Centre
City of Paris The City of Paris
LOGO-JOHANITTER(250) The Johanniter

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