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Record numbers of people are fleeing war, drought, and famine in South Sudan and Somalia. People with disabilities or injuries are forced to take enormous risks to reach a place of safety. Handicap International is working hard to make sure that thousands of people in similar situations across East Africa receive immediate card and long-term support. Collectively, we have a responsibility to ensure that all refugees live safe, independent, and dignified lives.Read more
Across East Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes in search of food and security. With so many people on the move and in need of assistance, Handicap International is concerned that vulnerable people–pregnant women, older people, and people with disabilities–may be forgotten. Handicap International program directors in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Somaliland explain the situation in each country:Read more
A severe food crisis is advancing across East Africa, Nigeria, and Yemen, with more than 20 million people at risk. Xavier Duvauchelle, Handicap International’s desk officer for the East Africa region, explains the scale of the disaster and how our teams on the ground are responding.Read more
Pavi Mfuma, 5, who has cerebral palsy receives rehabilitation from Handicap International in the DRC.Read more
Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Sudan and, to a lesser extent, Tanzania. In some countries, conflicts have caused severe food shortages. Handicap International is preparing to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.Read more
Bombs under the rubble — Study of awareness of explosive remnants of war among the populations of Gaza (2015)
This baseline assessment was undertaken by Humanity & Inclusion in October 2014 in Gaza.The focus was to collect baseline data related to the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding explosive remnants of war contamination in communities impacted by the recent conflict. View report here.
This paper examines the lives of victims/survivors of landmines by tracking their historical background, the accident and their present conditions. A broader victim assistance and disability framework serves as the backdrop of analysis in this report. View report here
This guide provides a systematic basis for the implementation of a KAP (knowledge, attitudes and practices) survey on landmines and explosive remnants of war. View report here
Humanity & Inclusion recommendations to support stakeholders involved in creating and updating National Action Plans on Victim Assistance (2010-2014), in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights standards. View report here
Ninety-eight percent of people killed or injured by cluster submunitions are civilians living in the aftermath of war. This Humanity & Inclusion report documents the impact of cluster munitions on the lives of people and communities in 25 countries and territories. View report here
Knowledge, attitudes, practices related to landmine and unexploded ordnance: North West zone, Somalia (2007)
This study evaluates the impact of the Mine Risk Education project implemented by Humanity & Inclusion in Somaliland, by gathering information on the evolution of the population’s knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding mine and unexploded ordnance safety and awareness. View report here
Recommendations for the victim assistance provisions in a treaty banning cluster munitions: A practitioners’ perspective (2007)
This document provides common recommendations for victim assistance provisions, which should be included in a future treaty to ensure that its implementation will respond to the needs and rights of cluster munition victims. View report here
What rights for mine victims? Reparation, compensation: From legal analysis to political perspectives (2005)
This study examines different areas of international law in order to compile the potential legal means which could be claimed by landmine victims, allowing for compensation. View report here
Acting Against Landmines: The Position of Handicap International (now known as Humanity & Inclusion) (2001)
Humanity & Inclusion helped to initiate and run an international movement aimed at the total prohibition of landmines: the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). View report here
Towards Real Assistance to Landmine Victims: the Position of Handicap International (now known as Humanity & Inclusion) (2000)
By banning antipersonnel landmines, States Parties committed themselves to providing assistance to landmine victims. Despite the efforts first made and the declarations of intention, much remains to be done in the area of victim assistance. View report here
In Somalia, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Operating in Somaliland, Handicap International works with local disabled people’s organizations to promote the rights of people with disabilities, especially women and children. It improves political participation for people with disabilities, especially in the November 2017 elections and also works to ensure that vulnerable groups are included in emergency response efforts to the famine in West Africa. Handicap International currently employs 15 national staff.
In 1991, Somaliland proclaimed itself a state after three years of bloody civil war. The country is currently fairly calm and functional, but the security situation is fragile due to weak state control, ineffective law enforcement, and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Handicap International began its operations in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation center in Hargeisa, the capital of the region.
Handicap International works with the government of Somaliland to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in civic and political life. The organization has helped establish, and provides continuing support for, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) to empower people with disabilities to advocate for their political rights. Handicap International provides technical support and funding to these DPOs and raises awareness among the general public and local officials of the necessity for an inclusive political system. So far, this project has benefited more than 185,000 people with disabilities and 20 DPOs.
Handicap International promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in programs deployed by humanitarian organizations responding to the famine in West Africa. Community volunteers are trained to support malnourished children, especially through stimulative physical therapy. The organization works to detect barriers to inclusion, raise humanitarian organizations' awareness and identify children with disabilities, individuals suffering from malnutrition and developmental delays.
Handicap International's previous work in Somalia includes:
Handicap International worked with DPOs in Somaliland to improve the quality, accessibility, and durability of rehabilitation services for victims of armed conflicts. This project focused on training members of DPOs in leadership and management skills, providing financial support for civic education sessions, and supporting advocacy campaigns for inclusion. 12,000 people with disabilities benefited from this project each year.
In Garowe, in Puntland, Handicap International trained village leaders to run road safety awareness campaigns for children, pedestrians, and drivers. The organization also ran workshops with the local authorities to define road safety policies.