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Asylum Seekers in Spain 04
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (left), 46, from Bolivia, makes up Josefina's face, at Sant Joan Despí Hospital, Barcelona, Spain. Josefina, a 96-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of elder and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 06
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Bolivian national Gilda Arnez (left), 46, visits Fina and others at her former job at Sant Joan Despí­ Hospital, in Barcelona.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 49
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, visits Maravillas at her house in Cornellà, Barcelona, Spain. Maravillas, a 90-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 50
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, visits Maravillas at her house in Cornellà, Barcelona, Spain. Maravillas, a 90-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Asylum Seekers in Spain 05
Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
15 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (right), 46, from Bolivia, visits Gustavo (center) at Clinica Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. Gilda used to be his caregiver few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of elder and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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Iraqis Flee Ramadi as ISIS Advance to...
Anbar, Ramadi
By Arshed
15 Apr 2015

Photos shot on a mobile phone show hundreds of Iraqis stuck in traffic as they attempt to flee Ramadi and the surrounding villages. ISIS militants launched a large offensive on Wednesday 15, April, and were able to seize control over the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had been under government control. The locals fear that the advance could reach Ramadi giving ISIS control over the capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. ISIS insurgents are now about 100Km from Anbar’s Ain Al-Asad air base, where hundreds of US and coalition forces have been training Iraqi troops.

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Mentally Disabled and Chained in Gaza
Beit Hanoun
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip

21-year-old Jamil Attia Za’anin is one of thousands of Gazans who’s home was destroyed in the 2014 summer war with Israel. However, Jamil’s case is particularly bad as he suffers from a neurological disorder that has left him severely mentally disabled. Jamil now lives in a shack with his family with no access to proper healthcare. In fact, his disability itself is symptomatic of the living conditions in Gaza, as it is a result of substandard healthcare in the coastal enclave.

Jamil now spends his days chained in front of his temporary home because there is nowhere for him to go and his family fears he may run away. His younger brother Mohammad is also mentally disabled, albeit to less severe degree. The family’s situation is particularly desperate as their father Attaya is too old to work. Left with no working age males in the family, they are forced to rely on food handouts from the United Nations. The family now spends their days salvaging the rubble from their destroyed home, struggling to find enough money to eat, and trying to keep their two disabled boys safe and healthy.

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Handicapped in the rubble of gaza 21
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil Attia Za'anin with his mother Donia Za'anin. Jamil, 21, developed a spinal condition 16 years ago when he was just a child. Poor healthcare infrastructure in Gaza meant that doctors could not properly treat Jamil, so the disease spread to his brain, leaving him handicapped. Jamil lives with his ten family members in a shack in the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. He has a younger brother Mohammed, 19, who is also handicapped and the family's situation was made even worse after their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel.

Wheelchair Basketball Heals Wounds in...
Nablus
By adrian
25 Sep 2014

September 25, 2014 Nablus, Palestine Established in the aftermath of the First Intifada, Nablus' wheelchair basketball team is amongst the most prominent in the West Bank. The squad includes players from the city and surrounding villages as well as Nablus' three refugee camps, and features several members of the current Palestinian national team. Many of the members obtained their disabilities from injuries sustained during the first and second Intifadas. Others were either born with, or developed debilitating conditions. Mu'awia Muna, the head coach of the Nablus team, is clear to stress that the team makes no differentiation between the causes of players' disabilities and that the fundamental issue at hand is the need "to provide sporting opportunities for all disabled people". Wheelchair basketball was one of the first Paralympic sports to develop in Palestine and, more than twenty years after its establishment, the Nablus wheelchair basketball team continues to train weekly. However, there are many obstacles faced by the club in its quest to continue work. Access to potential training venues and playing surfaces present constant challenges. Many sporting facilities in Palestine are now quite old and are not equipped with suitable disabled access. Lack of funding is also a major issue for all Paralympic sports in Palestine. The Nablus team's current wheelchairs have seen many years of regular use and are now in desperate need of replacement. With sports wheelchairs costing as much as 2000 euro each, the team needs to secure substantial support in order to continue to provide for the needs of Nablus' disabled athletes.

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A Girl Dancing
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

intellectucal disabled performing a dance in front of hundreds of spectators in central Kathmandu, Nepal. Exercise is very important and all of them love to dance.

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Girl Sitting On Floor in Living Room
nuwakot, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

Unuza is 10 years old. Due to lack of awerness many mentally ille children also ends up physically disabled as parenta are not fully informed about he need for physical exercises. Nuwakot, Nepal.

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Girl Sitting In A Room
nuwakot, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

Kansi Sester, 25 years old, never leaves here room. She has always been sick and the parents has to be in the house with her at all times.

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Mentally Ill Person Sitting in His Room
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

He had problems for over 10 years and only leaves his room to walk 2 minutes to a temple near by. He says he want to get a job as a driver. Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Children On A Ride In A Amusement Park
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

2 intellectucal disabled, boy and girl, trying a ride for the first time during an event arranged by the Down Syndrome society in Kathmandu, Nepal. There are very limited activities for intellectually disabled and mentally ill people in Nepal.

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Children in Classroom at DayCare Center
dajing, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

3 students at a hostel for mentally ill and intellectually disabled in Dajing, Nepal. With no assistance and the need for both parents to work, some send their kids to either day care centers of hostels where the children can also sleep and eat. Some hostels are just to earn money and unfortunately doesnt assist the children.

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Boy Lies On The Floor
nuwakot, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

Papon Real, 16 years old, suddenly changed 3 years ago. The doctors dont know what is wrong with him but he has both mental and physical problems. For the last 3 years he has been lying in his bed.

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Boys in Amusement Park
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

2 intellectucal disabled boys trying a ride for the first time during an event arranged by the Down Syndrome society in Kathmandu, Nepal. There are very limited activities for intellectually disabled and mentally ill people in Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Girl in Her Small Cage
dajing, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

Rosalina is 10 years old but can not talk, read and write. Spe spends most of the day in her little inclosure as the parents have to work. Dading, Nepal.

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Boy Making Candles
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

intellectual disabled boy making candles in Kathmandu, Nepal. The candles are sold for awerness and fundraising.

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Two Children Lying in Bed
dajing, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

2 children trying to sleep in Dading, Nepal. The parents arent able to look after them and had to send to the hostel.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
08 Nov 2013

Sakyna, 18 years old, (left) and Fatima, 22 years old. The girls weave carpets in the village of Aliabad, in Mazar-e-Sharif. Sakyna has cerebral palsy and her left leg is shorter and weaker. Fatima became mute after an infection in her throat. Khawar, 34 years old (not in the photo), trains them how to weave carpets. The project is organized by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA). Sakyna uses orthotics and a walking stick to move around.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
06 Nov 2013

Portrait of Shukrya (left) and Nuria at the Afghan Association of the Blind (AAB) in Mazar-e-Sharif. Both sisters are blind and they have been attending the Association for the past four years. So far they have learned to read and write. Before coming they stayed at home on their own without doing anything. “Our lives have changed completely since coming to AAB, we are much happier”, says Nuria.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
06 Nov 2013

Hafiza, 60 years old, awaits food distribution. The World Food Program (WFP) supplies food to the Afghan Association of the Blind in Mazar-e-Sharif. Hafiza was wounded in an eye when a rocket landed near her house during the Taliban war. The food is distributed to poor people who are either blind or visually impaired. With winter coming soon, it is very difficult for them to survive.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Bamyan, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
31 Oct 2013

Sattar, 15 years old, totally blind. Sattar walks along an abandoned house near his home in the village of Shibarto, in the Bamiyan province. He has never gone to school, he always stays at home and his family has not provided him any form of ID yet. Sometimes families living in remote areas are unaware they can register with the government and receive a small pension for disabled family members.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
27 Oct 2013

Mobin, 5 years old. Here he raises his eyes to the ceiling in his house in Kabul, as a typical gesture. Mobin was born with Autism, and doesn’t understand the concept of danger. The family has taken him to see seven specialists, but nothing has changed. They all say that their son can’t be treated in Afghanistan and should be taken abroad. The family is concerned about Mobin’s future because Afghanistan has no educational services for Autism. Mobin is a CCD beneficiary.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
23 Oct 2013

Rabya (right) knits some gloves while her sister Fatima looks after their smaller brother in a small rented flat in the city of Kabul. Rabya was born with one arm and one leg, but she has always been very active. When she lived in her hometown, in the province of Daikondi, she had a sewing machine and managed to make a decent living. One day her family sold it to raise money to move to Kabul in the hopes of a better life. Now they can hardly pay the rent and they are looking for a way to buy a new sewing machine. Rabya is a beneficiary of the Community Center for the Disabled.

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"The Difference Between Lightning and...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Giovanni Diffidenti
22 Oct 2013

Ahmad Sha, 55 years old, deputy director and founder of the Community Center for the Disabled (CCD), an Afghan NGO. Here he is checking a new proposal in his office in Kabul. Haji is a landmine survivor who lost both hands to a landmine in the Nangarhar province. Haji very proudly states that four of his children go to university; one of them is actually attending two university courses – he is studying social science and engineering.

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First Disabled Man To Climb St. Cathe...
Cairo, Egypt
By zeer news
11 May 2013

Mazen, the first disabled person to climb St Catherine mountain in Sinai, promoting rights for disabled in Egypt

Background:

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb Mount Saint Catherine in Sinai, to promote rights for the handicapped in Egypt. Mazen contracted polio when he was 3 years old, while he was escaping Iraq with his family during the First Gulf War.

According to World Health Organization’s statistics, 10% of Egypt’s total population suffers from physical or mental disabilities. The 1975 Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law didn't bring progress to the living conditions of the disabled. During the two years that followed the revolution, with 18 months of military rule followed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s government, Egypt’s handicapped population, estimated at over 8 million, continue to face more of the same problems. The precarious and difficult situation in a city like Cairo, one of the most chaotic in the world due to a substantial lack of infrastructure, is unfortunately only one of the many problems handicapped people face in Egypt. A lack of rights, health care and increased social marginalization inspired Mazen, who has been handicapped since the age of 3, to get involved in political activism, prompting him to join the 6th of April movement in 2010.

In November 2012, during the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, Mazen lost his close friend and companion of the 6th of April movement, Gika. Since then, he decided to change his methods of protest, and to start a more responsible and peaceful activism campaign through symbolic actions.

Three months ago, he completed the first of several actions, climbing the Keops pyramid in Giza. On the 6th of April 2013, for the anniversary of the movement, he decided to climb the 1586 m and 750 stairs of mount Saint Catherine in Sinai.

Shots:
00:00 - 00: 44 sec intro VO

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb mount Sinai, promoting rights for handicapped people in Egypt.

According to World Health Organization, 10% of Egypt’s population, over 8 million people suffer from a disability. The Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law of 1975 didn't improve their living conditions. In Egypt little attention is paid to the difficulties of the handicapped, especially in Cairo, one of the most chaotic cities in the world, there is a shortage of infrastructure to the assist their mobility. This is compounded by the lack of rights, poor health care and social marginalization. Mazen, handicapped since the age of 3, was inspired to get involved in political activism, before the revolution.

00:44 – 01:39 interview : presentation and problems of handicapped people in Egypt

“I am Mazen Hamza, I am 26 years old. I was born in 1987 in Iraq. I came in Egypt during the First Gulf War. I contracted the polio when I was three years old because of the vaccination. ”

“The problems that handicapped people suffer here in Egypt have been the reason why I decided to enter political activism, in order to send a message to the entire world, that handicapped people have to be integrated into society. We have problems in all aspects, in transportation, in education, in work, in housing, in airplanes, and mostly in the treatment we received by the government. I mean the government does not know how to treat handicapped people.”

01:40 – 02:03 political activism VO 6th of April / sit-in of 6th of April in front of the Ministry of Interior

Mazen became a political activist in February 2011 when he joined the 6th of April movement, the most active civil rights movements in Egypt. He first participated in debates, demonstrations and sit-ins.

In November 2012, during the clash with Security Forces and the Military Government, Mazen lost his close friend Gika, a fellow activist. This inspired him to begin a campaign of peaceful activism through symbolic demonstrations.

02:04- 02:47 Interview talk about gika / inside Gika's family house

“The death of Gika influenced us a lot. He was a boy that put a beautiful energy within us. Climbing the Cheope Pyramid has been only the beginning of many activities in urban, historical and religious places. We started by climbing the pyramid and it has had a lot of success, we heard good feedback from the people. I am not speaking about the public’s opinion, but from the other activists.”

02:48- 03:18 VO actions: Saint Catherine

Three months ago, Mazen completed the first of his demonstrations, climbing the Haram Cheope, the great pyramid of Giza. Then, on April 6, for the seventh anniversary of the movement, he climbed the 1586 m of Mount Sinai including the 750 “stairs of penitence”. In the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, Mount Sinai is where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Overcoming his physical limitations, Mazen reached the summit in order to raise awareness for the disabled population and to remember those who died for human rights in Egypt.

03:18- 05:12 climbing St Cathrine, reaching the summit

05:12- 05: 27 interview St. Cathrine

“I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world, and I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped women, children, and society and in general human rights.”

05: 28 Mazen Screaming the name of “Gika”.

Other text (Arabic translation):

“When I found out that there were young people ready for revolution, I joined them for months to take down the regime, and change the system. After two years I feel that nothing has changed. We have a new president, but the same system, so I tried to be different.

I started to work with the movement by participating in demonstrations and other activities. When I found out about the 6th of April movement, I joined it immediately. I joined the movement on the anniversary of the clashes of Mohammed Mahmud. In the Moquattam group, I was just an activist, but after I became responsible for social policies. I joined many events, especially for handicapped people’s rights.”

I attend a lot of conference to spread their voices everywhere, and to raise awareness of the problems of disabled people.
I tried to see the system separately from religious or historic dogma. I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world. And I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped, women, children, and society and in general human rights,

We have a problem with the system. Politicians don’t listen to our demands, but we will make them listen and change their policies to how young people want them.

I am a citizen who sees that people will soon organize themselves to bring a real change. Tomorrow will be better, but now we still need to spend a lot of energy, even if we already spent a lot. That’s why we are climbing St. Catherine mountain, we already climbed 2350 meters and we only have to climb 750 stairs. That is the fight with myself against the system and the entire world, and I will do more, or my efforts will be vane.

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Blind women working on a carpet
cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Singing
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A blind woman of “El Nour wel amal” association singing while working passionately on product she can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Shaping socks
cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Labuor Division
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Sharing food during break time
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A part of a story about a group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Editor's Picks 4 September 2012
Asia
By Editor's Picks
04 Sep 2012

Destruction of an Uthman Pasha School, tombs and artifacts in Tripoli, Libya.

Protests in Bahrain

Center for Disabled in Myanmar

Attacks in Aleppo, Syria

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Myanmar - Taunggy Handicapped Centre
Taunggy, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

This legless woman feeds an orphaned child with milk. Catholic Nuns run this centre for the disabled in Taunggy, Myanmar. State run hospitals do not have enough experience to deal with handicapped people, so they can only rely on thic catholic centre

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Myanmar - Taunggy Handicapped Centre
Taunggy, Myanmar
By Piergiorgio Pescali
30 Aug 2012

Orphan children are received in this center for the disabled. Catholic Nuns run the centre in Taunggy, Myanmar. State run hospitals do not have enough experience to deal with handicapped people, so they can only rely on thic catholic centre.

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Veterans Hospital
Tindouf, Southwest Algeria
By Docphot
29 Dec 2010

Disabled veterans and landmine victims who require long term care are looked after at a specialist hospital near Rambooni.