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South Sudan: Conflict Causing Increased Danger to Elderly and Disabled

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South Sudan: Conflict Causing Increased Danger to the Elderly and Disabled

South Sudan: People with disabilities and older people are often left behind during attacks and find themselves at much greater risk of starvation or abuse. | Image: Human Rights Watch

According to Human Rights Watch, older people and people with disabilities in South Sudan face greater risks of being caught in fighting and greater challenges in getting necessary humanitarian assistance. 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.

Throughout the conflict, Human Rights Watch has documented numerous cases of people with disabilities and older people being shot, hacked to death, or burned alive in their houses by the belligerents. An older woman, recently displaced with her family from Mayendit to Panyijar county in the former Unity state, said that no civilians were off-limits in the attacks on her village.

Old Men and Women Were Killed – Unity State

“The first time the government soldiers and militias came to my village in 2015, the old men and women who could not run were killed,” she told Human Rights Watch. “There was Gatpan Mut, for example, who was a little old, and Gatkui Jich, who couldn’t move, and many, many more whose names I can’t remember.”

During attacks in 2016 on Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites for displaced people inside of UN bases in Malakal and Juba, people with disabilities and older people were also left behind and struggled to find spaces to hide from attackers.  Read the full story…. hrw.org

 

South Sudan: People with Disabilities, Older People Face Danger

(Human Rights Watch) – People with disabilities and older people in South Sudan face greater risks of being caught in fighting and greater challenges in getting necessary humanitarian assistance.

 

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http://themercury.com/ap/un-food-agency-warns-south-sudan-conflict-is-fueling-famine/article_594b4c6c-fed5-5e78-af21-f0fd0a5967b1.htmlUN food agency warns South Sudan conflict is fueling famine – Manhattan Mercury (subscription) FILE – This is a Wednesday, April 5, 2017, file photo of Adel Bol, 20, cradles as she her 10-month-old daughter Akir Mayen at a food distribution site in Malualkuel in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. The head of the U.N.’s food and …

 

 

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