Disabled, elderly killed in Sudanese crisis

Sudanese crisisFrom RAJI BASHIR 
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – PEOPLE with disabilities and the elderly have been killed by government or opposition forces as they struggled to flee attacks in the war-torn South Sudan.
Rights groups said this was the worst consequence as these disadvantaged members of the community face greater risks of being caught in fighting and greater challenges in getting necessary humanitarian assistance.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented numerous cases of people with disabilities and older people being shot, hacked to death, or burned alive in their houses by radicals and uniformed forces.
People with disabilities and older people who managed to flee violence have often faced problems getting crucial humanitarian assistance from using latrines to accessing food distributions.
Those with limited mobility may not be able to reach aid hubs far from their displacement camps and cannot always rely on family or friends to carry them there.
“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,” Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at HRW, said.
The conflict began in South Sudan in 2013 after a fallout between President Salva Kiir and then-vice president, Riek Machar.
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