Over one million disabled people at risk in South Sudan

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The war has left more than 1.7 million refugees, and 1.9 million South Sudanese are internally displaced[REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah]

JUBA – The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the United Nations and aid groups to assist more than a million disabled people, who are increasingly becoming vulnerable to violence in South Sudan’s civil war.

“People with disabilities and older people are often left behind during attacks and find themselves at much greater risk of starvation or abuse,” Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at HRW said.

“This problem is especially acute in South Sudan, where decades of civil war has increased the number of people with disabilities, and where armed forces on both sides target civilians with impunity.”

To fulfil their missions, aid organisations should do more to ensure that they are meeting the needs of people with disabilities and older people, HRW said.

UN investigators and rights group have frequently accused both the army and rebels of murder, torture and rape since the civil war began, and say the crimes almost always go unpunished.

“Both sides have committed abuses that may qualify as war crimes and crimes against humanity, including looting, indiscriminate attacks on civilians and the destruction of civilian property, arbitrary arrests and detention, beatings and torture, enforced disappearances, rape and gangrape, extrajudicial executions, and killings,” HRW says in its latest report.

An estimated 250,000 people with disabilities live in displacement camps in South Sudan, says World Health Organization (WHO).

The ongoing conflict has fractured the country along ethnic lines – Kiir is an ethnic Dinka, Machar is a Nuer – and forced a quarter of the country’s 12 million population to flee their homes.

The war has left millions of civilians cut off from any aid, HRW says.

Growing refugees

The war has left more than 1.7 million refugees and forced more than two million children to flee their homes.

South Sudan is in the centre of Africa bordered by six countries. It is rich in oil, but following the civil war it is also one of the least developed regions on earth.

One hundred thousand people are starving, and about a million South Sudanese face the risk of famine. Roughly half of the country’s population needs food assistance.

There may be more than 1.2 million people with disabilities in South Sudan. The conditions of fighting and famine in the country has created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.

South Sudan: More than one million on brink of starvation

 

Source: Alleastafrica and news agencies

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  1. Subject: Over one million disabled people at risk in South Sudan, Jun 4, 2017

    QUOTE: “The war has left more than 1.7 million refugees, and 1.9 million South Sudanese are internally displaced[REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah]
    JUBA – The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the United Nations and aid groups to assist more than a million disabled people, who are increasingly becoming vulnerable to violence in South Sudan’s civil war.” UNQUOTE

    Commentary, 4 June 2017
    The above statistics and hollow repetition of high fluting words within the SAME international organization will not help the people of South Sudan in particular nor the entire African people in general. WE ALL KNOW WHERE THE PROBLEM OF AFRICA LIES >>> ‘scratch my back and I will scratch yours’ is the hidden contagious disease of Africa.

    International aids have been pouring money like torrential rains for time immemorial, ostensibly to help the African people. Indirectly proportional, however, is the suffering of African people that has been increasing with the increase of donation money, from year to year, with no relief in sight!!! Where did the money go? We don’t need to enunciate the answer in detail. But we can imagine the colluding scheme between African hungry dictators and their international enablers (donors) to ameliorate their respective Life at the expense of the African people. The good old mode of “scratch my back; I will scratch yours” may come in handy as the silent professional mode operando.

    One last question needed to be asked: Where are the Modern Educated African Scholars of the Highest Order [Doctor of Philosophy – Ph D Degree], Graduate of Ivy League Universities of the Western Hemisphere? There is an African insightful saying i.e. answering a question by a question): “don’t you have a dead relative?”

    CRY, OUR BELOVED AFRICA and get a solace out of it .

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