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Handicap International Canada's submission to the International Assistance Review

Emergency Explosive weapons Health Inclusion Prevention Rehabilitation Rights

July 29, 2016. Handicap International is an international not-for-profit organisation with over 30 years of experience implementing humanitarian assistance and development programs around the world. It has been active in Canada since 2003. This consultation process provides a welcome opportunity to reflect upon Canada’s role in addressing some of the most urgent issues in the fields of development and humanitarian assistance today. We hope that our contributions will impact positively on the outcomes of this significant initiative.

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"It is really inspiring to see the kids I help go to school and become successful"

Ambika Sharma has been working as a Prosthetist and Orthotist for more than 10 years. We recently sat down with Ambika to see what life is like as a P&O in Nepal.

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Rehabilitation

Helping Milagros live life to the full

In Colombia, HI is supporting Venezuelan migrants like Milagros. Our teams are giving Milagros rehabilitation exercises to help her become more independent.
 Increase of use of landmines driven by Russia, Myanmar and non-state armed groups Explosive weapons

Increase of use of landmines driven by Russia, Myanmar and non-state armed groups

The Landmine Monitor 2022 reports a high number of casualties caused by landmines - including improvised mines and explosive remnants of war - for the seventh year in a row. The Monitor recorded 5,544 casualties in 2021. 75% of them were civilians. This high figure is mainly the result of increased armed conflicts and contamination with improvised mines since 2015. The use of landmines by the Russian and Myanmar armies, as well as by non-state armed groups in five countries, are the main factors of a sharp global increase of the use of these weapons in 2022.

States will gather in Geneva from November 21th to 25th for the 20th annual Mine Ban Treaty conference. As we celebrate the 25 years of the Ottawa Treaty, HI urges States to pressure parties to conflict to end the use of these barbaric weapons and to support the funding of victims assistance that is shrinking despite growing needs and high casualty rates in recent years.

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