Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Wheelchairs are no barrier to sport
A 15-year-old double amputee takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball tournament Mercy Corps organized in the West Bank, an area of the world where those with disabilities are highly marginalized.
Iraq: Arazu's dream
One of the participants in the Mercy Corps Iraq-sponsored Creating Murals For Kalar Kindergarten project — in which art students paint murals on local school walls — is 22-year-old Arazu Hassan Salih.
Iraq: "Disability does not stand between a man and his aspirations"
"Disability does not stand as obstacle between a man and his aspirations. The real disability is the disability of will and determination," 21-year-old Hassan told me.
Colombia: Helping Colombia's landmine survivors regain their dignity
Wedged in a middle seat on a packed Avianca airliner, high over the Colombian Andes, I received a world-class education in treating landmine survivors.
Stand up for their rights, too
The last time I wrote here, I talked about the stripping of dignity through exploitative photography.
Colombia: Video: Reintegrating land mine survivors
Mercy Corps outfitted a rehabilitation center in southern Colombia with the latest technology as part of a holistic program to reintegrate land mine survivors back into their communities.
Mongolia: “Don’t give us aid, give us a chance!”
Congratulations to the Mercy Corps Mongolia team for winning the 2010 Disability inclusion Award given by InterAction!
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities crippled without action and commitment
This July, President Obama signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP). The news came to me during a particularly tough time in Basrah, Iraq.
Jordan: Jordan's Queen visits Mercy Corps disability-rights project
Jordan's Queen Rania recently visited a school where we're helping mainstream children with disabilities.
Colombia: Shipping Clothing to Colombia's Landmine Victims
Landmines don't choose their victims. Most people who set one off escape with their lives, but suffer permanently disabling injuries. And in Colombia's impoverished countryside — home to one of the highest concentrations of landmines in the world — survivors have few places to turn for help.