IRRC No. 922 31 articles

Persons with disabilities in armed conflict

Persons with disabilities constitute approximately fifteen percent of the global population, a figure that rises during crises. Armed conflicts, in particular, generate new disabilities and exacerbate existing barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Yet, their experiences and the effects of armed conflict on them are sorely understudied. This edition’s thirty contributions aim to fill that gap, by focusing on how international humanitarian law can strengthen these persons’ protection and how humanitarian policy considerations can incorporate them in any humanitarian response.
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The average time that the ICRC has been present in its 10 largest operations is 42 years. The duration of humanitarian operations in protracted conflict settings has caused organizations like the ICRC to re-think their way of working. The humanitarian consequences of protracted situations of armed conflict are varied, including the cumulative effects of hostilities on infrastructure and healthcare systems, prolonged displacement, increased barriers to accessing essential services to provide support for vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities, and interruptions to education to name just a few. In light of the humanitarian imperative to respond to these needs in spite of the ouroboros of a seemingly endless war, the Review has dedicated this edition to protracted conflict.

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