By Kesah Princely, in Buea
The ongoing Anglophone armed conflict has exposed persons with disabilities to grave danger, and this group of people is now crying out for help.
Findings from the Coordination Units of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) based in Bamenda and Buea, revealed that thousands of persons with disabilities have been living under horrific conditions, since 2016.
This, according to CUAPWD, is owing to the Anglophone crisis which has been raging for four years now.
Government has been faulted
Through radio, TV and social media campaigns, disability leaders indicted the government for abandoning them, as they observed the 29th edition of World Disability Day on December 03, 2020.
The President of the Hope Social Union for the Visually Impaired (HSUVI), told TWIF NEWS that the crisis has brought untold suffering on his peers.
“Persons with Disabilities who were breadwinners in their families have now been reduced to beggars. Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed to address the worsening situation,” Ngong Peter Tonain sadly revealed.
Insecurity, lack of accommodation, hunger and limited access to medical care have been identified as some of the most challenging factors these category of persons are faced with.
Humanitarian assistance is urgently needed
President Ngong Peter, himself a person with visual impairment, and other disability leaders, used the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to plead with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and individuals of goodwill to fill the lacuna brought about by the ongoing conflict in Anglophone Cameroon.
Statistics from CUAPWD show that thousands of persons with disabilities have been displaced and hundreds others killed by belligerent actors.
Persons with Disabilities have prayed that the war be brought to an end, so that they could go about their daily activities with relative ease.
You can get involved
If you would love to support persons with disabilities through the Hope Social Union for the Visually Impaired (HSUVI), here is how you can contact them: