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Supporting Syrian refugees and clearing landmines

Aya, Lebanon
Iman carries her sister Aya during a game of hopscotch. Born with Spina Bifida,
Aya is paralysed and has struggled to get the healthcare she needs.
© Giles Duley/Handicap International

Syria Crisis

Since the summer of 2012 we have been working in Lebanon to support disabled and injured Syrian refugees, by directly providing physiotherapy, mobility aids, and psychosocial support, as well as supporting hospitals and clinics.

Visit our Syria Crisis page to find out more

Mohamed, 12, was injured in a bombing.
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Lebanon demining team in action
North Lebanon: Handicap International steps up demining activities to clear three districts by 2016
Handicap International is planning to set up a fourth demining team in North Lebanon in 2015, to speed up progress in the region.
Aya doesn't die
"Aya doesn't die": Giles Duley uncovers the shocking situation of disabled refugees on Unreported World
A powerful and heart-breaking documentary on Channel 4’s Unreported World tomorrow night tells the stories of The Invisible People - disabled refugees who have fled the war in Syria.

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

Other activities in 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

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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