In November, the people of Gaza have lived under constant threat due to the conflict in the region. International agencies working with disability in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) now calls for action to ensure the well-being of a forgotten group in the conflict; people with disabilities.
Specific and diverse needs
The World Health Organization estimates that of the 1.6 million inhabitants in Gaza, around 15 % live with some form of disability. These 15 % percent have, as well as the needs of the regular citizen, specific needs including medical and support services, both which have been affected by the ongoing conflict.
International organization, including Diakonia, that work in the field are concerned about the situation at hand, with special emphasis on people with new injuries and the capacity of rehabilitation services in the area.
Call for action
Due to the difficult situation, the international agencies call for two general actions in order to ensure equal rights and non discrimination towards this group. The international organizations calls upon national and international relief actors to: