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“The whole world needs to know that people with disabilities in Ukraine are left behind” – Natasha Lipman

Thursday, 17 March, 2022

“The whole world needs to know that people with disabilities in Ukraine are left behind” – Natasha Lipman


On the 24th February 2022, the world watched in horror as Russian troops invaded Ukraine. At the time of writing, more than 2.5 million people have fled the country, in what the United Nations has called the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War Two.
It’s unclear how many of those who’ve left are disabled, but the European Disability Forum has said tens of thousands of people with disabilities "risk being abandoned and forgotten".
The International Disability Alliance says there’s little evacuation support, and even those who do manage to get to refugee centres or shelters face many obstacles.
And as Russia steps up its attacks on civilian centres, staying in Ukraine doesn’t seem like an option, but not everyone is physically able to leave.
Charities and organisations across Europe are coming together and working tirelessly to help as many disabled Ukrainians as they can find safety - or to provide practical help to those who’ve chosen, or have no other choice, but to stay. But there is still so much work to be done.
On Monday, I spoke to Tanya Herasymova, the project coordinator for the Ukrainian disability group Fight For Right.
Their mission is to achieve effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and a few weeks ago the focus of their work shifted almost overnight as rumours began to circulate that Russia would invade Ukraine.
Click here to read full article https://natashalipman.substack.com/p/disability-ukraine-russia-refugee

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