The 5th International Shafallah Forum ‘Crisis, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality’ is being held in Doha, Qatar from January 22-24. It will highlight aspects of humanitarian crises from preparedness to response to recovery and rebuilding for persons with disabilities. It will also document the condition of persons with disabilities in refugee camps and conflict zones. Under Article 11 (Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), countries party to the Convention and the international community must take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities during situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies, and natural disasters.
“From Iraq and the Palestinian refugee Camps to Africa, wars and conflicts are swelling the ranks of the disabled. And when wars are over, the violence often doesn’t end. Refugee camps are filled with the disabled, who are often overlooked and have limited access to aid and services. Countless landmines from conflicts fought long ago are still taking limbs and lives of innocents today, often in poor countries with limited resources.” For more information about the conference, click here.
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