Persons with disabilities call for peaceful resolution of current conflict

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Persons with disabilities in South Sudan have called for the conflict in the country to be resolved using peaceful means.

Persons with disabilities in South Sudan have called for the conflict in the country to be resolved using peaceful means.

 

“We are calling on warring parties in the country that we don’t need more disabled persons created by war. You can see now we have more persons with disabilities because of wars and conflicts,” said the Secretary General of the Association for the Visually Impaired, Mr. Augustino Longulo.

They urged the government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and to amend the transitional constitution to reflect their needs.

“We are not for supporting any solution by violence, our voice is the voice of vulnerable people, we need peace,” lamented Longulo in a symposium held in Juba.

In a report released earlier this week, they drew attention to their challenges, calling on the government to protect their rights.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr. Longulo says their report will serve as a tool to fight for their rights.

“This document is a very important tool for persons with disabilities to fight for their rights. The theme of this symposium was “War Increases Disability – Stop War”, and we passed a number of resolutions. We passed about nine resolutions which are contained in this report which we are launching,” he said.

During the symposium, the persons with disabilities also called for more scholarship opportunities to given to them by both donors and the government

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