COVID hardships affect over 12 million people with disabilities

It is estimated that more than 12 million people with disabilities who have been forcibly displaced are experiencing increased hardships due to COVID-19.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates, there are at least 12 million people with disabilities among refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world, and their situation has become increasingly difficult with the prolongation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

People with disabilities are particularly affected by forced displacement,” said Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Gillian Triggs.

“They are often more vulnerable to violence, discrimination, neglect, gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse, face barriers in accessing basic services, and are often excluded from education and livelihood opportunities,” she added.

“While many refugees have faced these unacceptable and pre-existing risks of exclusion and discrimination, we fear that the prolonged spread of the coronavirus pandemic will deepen inequalities and hardships,”.

Although estimates indicate more than 12 million people with disabilities have been forcibly displaced due to persecution, violence and human rights violations worldwide, other studies and estimates suggest that the true number may be much higher.

The challenges and dangers begin from the moment they flee their homes.

In cases of sudden disasters, sudden violence and active hostilities, family members with disabilities often find themselves unable to catch up with their loved ones due to the sudden nature of armed attacks.

In some reported extreme cases, they are left in chains.

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