People with Disabilities in War

People with Disabilities in War

People with disabilities in war face more obstacles than any other war victims. In order to live a normal life, they need to overcome struggles to overcome challenges such as dressing or getting their driver’s license. Imagine living with a disability in a war torn country that is being bombed every other day and being moved to a refugee camp. These camps are suitable for many bit for a person with a disability, there are many obstacles.

 These people with disabilities in refugee camps require physical therapy, prosthetics and mobility devices. They also require trauma counseling to cope amid the fighting.

 You can see children in war receiving physical therapy with the help from Health staff. Physical therapy is good for people with mobility issues. With this therapy children with a physical handicap can become independent. Physical therapy gives hope and a new way of life.

Shantha Rau Bariga, Disability Rights Director at Human Rights Watch, says:

Just as woman and children are uniquely affected by conflict and displacement, people with disabilities face special challenges when their lives are suddenly uprooted because of war. While donors and aid agencies are juggling multiple concerns conflict, they should ensure that people with disabilities get the help they need.”

Many are affected by a crisis and people with disabilities are especially at risk. There are many challenges created by war, natural disasters and other situations. These are high risks especially for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are faced with barriers in a worn torn countries such as:

  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Turkey

Many Syrians who have lost limbs due to bombings, have been carried by family to the refugee camps. This is a hard journey for all and this is something we need to address.