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Handicap International is often among the first to respond to natural disasters and crises, and we stay behind long afterwards to ensure that disabled people get the long term support they need. We have around 3,500 local staff supporting disabled and vulnerable people worldwide in countries affected by conflict, disaster and poverty.

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2017 Cluster Munition Monitor Report: Sharp rise in casualties

31st August 2017, 09:00 GMT

The 2017 Cluster Munition Monitor report, published today, reveals a sharp rise in the number of new casualties of cluster munitions, which more than doubled between 2015 and 2016, from 419 in 2015 to 971 in 2016.

Neymar Jr. becomes Handicap International’s ambassador

15th August 2017, 15:15 GMT

The Brazilian football player Neymar Jr. became the new ambassador of the charity Handicap International today. An event was organised in Place des Nations in Geneva on this occasion. Through this partnership, Neymar is using his huge fame for a good cause: to support the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities in poor countries, victims of conflicts and natural disasters.

Mosul: 200,000 people trapped by fighting

13th June 2017, 09:00 GMT

The Iraqi armed forces are pursuing the final phase of their offensive to retake the city of Mosul in Iraq. Since the start of this military operation in October 2016, over half a million people have fled the city. Nearly 200,000 people are still trapped by the fighting and Handicap International’s teams are witnessing very big waves of displacements, with thousands of people fleeing every day. A situation viewed as highly alarming by Handicap International.

Sri Lanka emergency: Death toll mounts following severe floods

2nd June 2017, 11:30 GMT

Torrential downpours and flash floods in southwest Sri Lanka over the weekend claimed at least 169 lives. More than half a million people are affected, and 75,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Handicap International’s emergency response experts and the local team in Sri Lanka are evaluating ways to help.

New endorsements during event marking the anniversary of ground-breaking Charter

23rd May 2017, 09:00 GMT

To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Charter on Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, Handicap International UK and CBM UK hosted a successful event last week in partnership with the UK Department for International Development.

One year ago, a ground-breaking Charter launched at the World Humanitarian Summit

18th May 2017, 09:00 GMT

In May 2016, at the World Humanitarian Summit, the Charter on Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action was launched. One year on, the charter has 150 signatories, but only 5 are UK mainstream NGOs.

As part of a global week of action in the run up to the 1st Anniversary of the charter, Handicap International has teamed up with CBM to host an event on Thursday 18th May aimed at increasing UK mainstream NGO support for the Charter.

International Mine Action Day 2017: Portraits of deminers whose day job is to save lives

4th April 2017, 12:00 GMT

Besides killing and causing horrific injuries, explosive weapons spread terror, make people fear for their lives, devastate vital infrastructures and prolong the effect of war even after the end of a conflict. On International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Handicap International highlights the incredible work of deminers all over the world.

Major crisis in Mosul: Hospitals unable to cope with number of casualties

30th March 2017, 09:00 GMT

The city of Mosul has been a battleground since October 2016. Handicap International teams in Iraq see children, women and men injured by bullets, blasts and shells on a daily basis. In addition to Handicap International’s work in camps for displaced people, its teams work in hospitals to assist casualties with physiotherapy and psychological support sessions.

"Stop Bombing Civilians" says Handicap International on 6th anniversary of the Syrian conflict

13th March 2017, 09:30 GMT

For six years, Syrians have been the victims of a conflict marked by indiscriminate, high intensity bombing. An average of 94 attacks a day using explosive weapons were reported between September and December 2016. Handicap International, known for its international campaigns that led to the treaties banning landmines and cluster munitions, is calling on all parties to the conflict to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. It is also calling on the international community to strongly condemn this practice and to bring it to an end.

Women are demining for peace in Colombia

8th March 2017, 15:00 GMT

On 24th November 2016, the Colombian government signed an historic peace agreement with the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC). Ravaged by 50 years of armed conflict, Colombia is the world’s second most densely-mined country according to the Landmine Monitor Report. Handicap International, which has been supporting Colombian people since 1998, is accredited as one of the country’s four official humanitarian demining actors. Involving women in clearing contaminated areas is one of the organisation’s priorities.

Children at risk from weapons contamination in Mosul, warns Handicap International

7th March 2017, 09:00 GMT

The charity Handicap International is warning about the danger to civilians from weapons contamination in Mosul, Iraq. Since the launch of the military offensive in Mosul, more than 200,000 people have been displaced from their homes. The area surrounding the camps and villages affected by the conflict is now highly contaminated by explosive remnants of war. Civilians, particularly children, are being injured on a daily basis.

75% of people with disabilities feel excluded from humanitarian response

2nd December 2016, 09:00 GMT.

As the world marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd December, Handicap International alerts on the fact that a large majority of people with disabilities living in countries affected by a crisis still feel excluded from humanitarian response.

Handicap International and IKEA Foundation: New partnership to create inclusive playgrounds in refugee camps

18th November 2016, 08:00 GMT.

Being a disabled child in a refugee camp is tough. But play, a fundamental right for all children, enables children with disabilities to learn, be included in their community and improve their self-esteem. That’s why the IKEA Foundation is supporting Growing Together, a new project by Handicap International that gives displaced children in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Thailand the right to be a child.

Mosul offensive raises fears of a major humanitarian crisis

21st October 2016, 13:00 GMT.

The offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul could result in a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale and lead to the largest population displacement seen since the genocide in Rwanda1. Handicap International is concerned that the people fleeing Mosul will not all be able to access humanitarian aid. As of today, less than half of the budget required for the construction of camps to accommodate displaced families has been made available.

Handicap International launches campaign to stop bombing civilians

13th October 2016, 17:00 GMT.

Families trapped under rubble, children maimed by bombs, hospitals destroyed by air strikes...the tragedy happening in war torn Aleppo right now highlights the devastating impact of explosive weapons in populated areas. Handicap International, known for its international campaigns that led to the treaties banning landmines and cluster munitions, has launched a new global campaign and petition calling on states to stop the bombing of civilians.

Hurricane Matthew: Handicap International is assisting the most vulnerable in Haiti

10th October 2016, 18:00 GMT.

Since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti last Tuesday, Handicap International has been mobilising both its Haiti teams and emergency teams to ensure that no-one is left behind. Disabled, injured and vulnerable are often the most at risk in the aftermath of a disaster. The United Nations estimates that more than 2.1 million people have been affected, of whom 1.4 million are in need of immediate humanitarian aid.

Hurricane Matthew: Handicap International emergency teams assess the scale of the disaster in Haiti

7th October 2016, 17:00 GMT.

Handicap International teams in Haiti are reporting massive damage and material losses. The impact of the disaster is still uncertain for large sections of the population, which remain isolated and without any means of communication. Handicap International has deployed an emergency team to provide backup support to its existing teams on the ground.

Hurricane Matthew: Handicap International teams plan emergency response in Haiti

4th October 2016, 18:00 GMT.

Handicap International is planning an emergency response following the violent Hurricane Matthew that made landfall today in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the United Nations, 5 million people could be affected and more than 300,000 people may need immediate assistance. Active in Haiti since 2008, Handicap International is calling for donations to help injured and vulnerable people.

New report highlights explosive weapons in Syria as the leading cause of forced displacements

28th September 2016, 10:00 GMT.

Published on 28th September, Handicap International’s report ‘Qasef: Escaping the bombing’ identifies the mass use of explosive weapons in populated areas as an overriding factor in the displacement of Syrian population. Indiscriminate bombing and shelling have created one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War. More than 10.9 million Syrians – over half of the country’s population - have had to flee their home, with 6.1 million being internally displaced and 4.8 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

Cluster Munitions Monitor 2016: Alarming increase in the use of cluster munitions in Yemen and Syria

1st September 2016, 09:00 GMT.

Published on the 1st September, the 2016 Cluster Munition Monitor reveals the intensive and repeated use of cluster munitions in Syria and Yemen.

Two young Londoners attempt an incredible triathalon to help disabled people in Africa

30th August 2016, 17:00 GMT.

Between the 6-8th September, just as the Paralympics Games start in Rio, Doug and Patrick, two young Londoners working in finance, are travelling to Rwanda to accomplish an unprecedented challenge.

Football united against the bombing of civilians

5th August 2016, 13:00 GMT.

When Real Madrid play Sevilla FC in the UEFA Super Cup in the Norwegian city of Trondheim on Tuesday 9 August, the UEFA Foundation for Children will join Handicap International in condemning the use of explosive weapons in populated areas in recent and current conflicts worldwide.

New report highlights the devastating impact of explosive weapons on Syrians’ lives

20th June 2016, 09:00 GMT.

To mark World Refugee Day, Handicap International is publishing Syria, A Mutilated Future, a new report highlighting the devastating impact of explosive weapons on Syrian refugees and internally displaced people.

World Humanitarian Summit: Major step forward as Ban-Ki-moon supports new Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

24th May 2016, 08:00 GMT.

The World Humanitarian Summit, which ends today in Istanbul, marked a major step forward for people with disabilities and for impartial humanitarian aid. A brand new Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, launched by Handicap International and several partner organisations, attracted support from nearly 100 States, humanitarian organizations, funding bodies, and non-profit organizations during a special session on disability on 23rd May. The Charter stands to be a victory for people with disabilities, who have been largely ignored by humanitarian aid.

World Humanitarian Summit: people with disabilities need impartial and effective aid during emergencies

23rd May 2016, 08:00 GMT.

The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey offers hope for an often forgotten population: the millions of people with disabilities affected by humanitarian crises. From 23rd to 24th May, the world has a unique opportunity to focus representatives of NGOs, States, and funding bodies on the needs of this population, which is made acutely vulnerable during natural disasters and conflicts. A new Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the drafting of which was coordinated by Handicap International, urges these actors to both attend the summit, and sign the Charter.

UK to double donations supporting disabled and injured people on anniversary of Nepal earthquakes

25th April 2016, 08:00 GMT.

On the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquakes, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced that the UK will match public donations to a new appeal to help thousands of people living with disabilities to access rehabilitation services and get back into education and jobs.

World leaders in London must deliver transformational new deal for Syrian refugees and host countries

3rd February 2016, 08:00 GMT.

World leaders in London this week for a high-level conference on Syria must commit to an ambitious and transformational new multi-billion dollar deal for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them in the region, a global coalition of more than ninety humanitarian and human rights groups said today.

Campaigners take action to protect civilians from bombing

3rd December 2015, 12:01 GMT.

Campaigners around the UK are taking action to protect civilians living in conflict zones by calling for an end to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. In Syria alone over 2 million children are at risk, living in areas highly affected by the use of explosive weapons. The actions coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, 3rd December.

A mine-free world within 10 years: States must keep their promise

26th November 2015, 10:00 GMT.

To mark the publication today of the 2015 Landmine Monitor report on the progress of the Mine Ban Treaty, Handicap International is reminding States Parties to the treaty of their promise at the Maputo conference in June 2014 to free the world of mines by 2025. The report also notes a rise in the number of mine casualties and the use of mines during 2014. The organisation is calling on States Parties to redouble their efforts to eliminate this threat.

Highest ever use of cluster munitions since entry into force of global ban treaty in 2010

3rd September 2015, 11:00 GMT.

According to the Cluster Munition Monitor 2015 report, launched today in Geneva, cluster munitions have been used in five countries since 1 July 2014. This is the first time these weapons have been used so intensively since the ban treaty entered into force in 2010. The Review Conference in Dubrovnik taking place from 7th to 11th September, attended by States Parties to the Treaty, will provide the international community with an opportunity to redouble its efforts to prevent any further use of cluster munitions. Handicap International is calling on States Parties to systematically condemn the use of these barbaric weapons in order to ensure the treaty continues to protect civilians in the future.

Gaza: one year after the conflict, civilians still threatened by explosive remnants of war

8th July 2015, 11:30 GMT

The lives of civilians in Gaza are still endangered by explosive remnants of war, one year after the outbreak of fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups. At least 4,500 explosive devices [2] , are still buried under the rubble of houses and infrastructure destroyed during the 50-day conflict. Handicap International immediately supplied aid to the most vulnerable individuals and, since March 2015, it has organised risk education sessions to prevent more people falling victim to these weapons.

Syria’s time bomb: 2 million children at risk from explosive weapons

12th May 2015, 07:30 GMT

A new report, published today by charity Handicap International, reveals the high degree of weapons contamination in Syria and warns that the lives of 5.1 million Syrians - including more than 2 million children - are at risk. Handicap International is calling on all the parties to the Syrian conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and immediately end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The international community must also urgently respond to address the harmful effects of these weapons on civilians.

Nepal earthquake: Significant needs for injured, disabled and older people

27th April 2015, 19:00 GMT

Up to 3,600 people have been killed and more than 6,500 injured in Nepal, according to figures released by the United Nations . Several regions have been cut off and the number of victims continues to rise. Handicap International expects to see significant numbers of spinal cord injuries and multiple fractures among the injured people arriving at hospitals. It is paramount that the wounded are taken care of immediately to reduce the risk of long-term disabilities.

Nepal Earthquake: Handicap International teams begin emergency response

25th April 2015, 22:30 GMT

Handicap International has launched an emergency response following the violent earthquake that hit Nepal on earlier today. At least 970 people are reported dead, but that provisional toll is expected to rise given the widespread scale of destruction. Active in Nepal since 2000, Handicap International has already provided emergency wheelchairs to several hospitals. The organisation is calling for donations to help injured and vulnerable people.

Syria: One million injured, tens of thousands need urgent care

12th March 2015, 12:01 GMT

Four years since the Syrian conflict began, the toll continues to rise. More than 190,000 people have died and one million have been injured. Tens of thousands of people urgently require orthopaedic fitting and rehabilitation. An entire generation of injured and disabled people need immediate and long-term care.

Children at risk from bombs under Gaza rubble

15th January 2015, 16:30 GMT

Handicap International today publishes a report “Bombs under the rubble”, evaluating the Gazan population’s awareness of the presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW). Following the Israeli offensive between 7th July and 26th August 2014, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) estimates that there are at least 7,000 unexploded devices and munitions, mainly mixed in with the rubble. Almost half of the people interviewed as part of the Handicap International study reported feelings of fear on a daily basis due to the presence of these bombs. 45% of people surveyed had benefited from awareness-raising actions, but children, particularly young boys, were identified as a ma­jor high-risk group that should be a priority for risk education to prevent accidents.

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