Above a million disabled people at risk in South Sudan

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the United Nations and aid groups to assist more than a million disabled people, who are increasingly becoming vulnerable to violence in South Sudan's civil war.

"People with disabilities and older people are often left behind during attacks and find themselves at much greater risk of starvation or abuse," Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at HRW, said.

“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.” An estimated 250,000 people with disabilities live in displacement camps in South Sudan, says the World Health Organization.

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