Disabled most brutalised in CAR anarchy

Central African Republic disabledFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – PEOPLE with disabilities have been worst affected by violent attacks, forced displacement and ongoing neglect in the humanitarian response in the unruly Central African Republic (CAR).
Rights groups are concerned the incapacitated are often unable to flee violence, are especially vulnerable to attacks while trying to flee and face unsafe and unhealthy conditions in displacement camps.
They are powerless and unable to flee each time rampaging radicals lay siege on villages in the troubled Central African country.
At refugee camps, the disabled struggle to get food due to the often chaotic nature of distribution.
On Monday, the government and 13 of 14 armed groups active in the country  signed a peace accord mediated by the Roman Catholic Community of  Sant’Egidio.
Lewis Mudge of Human Rights Watch said the peace accord should bring respite for civilians who had been brutalised in this conflict, especially people with disabilities who suffer violence and neglect.
“People with disabilities and other at-risk groups should get the protection and assistance they desperately need.”
The peace accord has been hailed as a step toward ending the conflict that should also promote accountability for grave crimes committed since the conflict in late 2012.
It ensued after mostly Muslim Seleka rebels began a military campaign against President Francois Bozizé.
The radicals’ rule was marked by widespread human rights abuses, including the wide-scale killing of civilians.
In 2013, the Christian anti-balaka militia organised to fight the Seleka,resulting in mass murders.
More than 500 000 people, a quarter of the population, live in camps for internally displaced people, and about 400 000 are refugees in neighboring  countries.
CAJ News

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