Hundreds of people with disabilities in South Sudan are living under the protection of United Nations peacekeepers because of their ethnic affiliation, while still others have been killed by soldiers and militia.
In February and March 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed more than 45 people with disabilities and older people in displacement sites in Juba and Malakal, as well as in Panyijar county.
“The first time the government soldiers and militias came to my village in 2015, the old men and women who could not run were killed,” said one older woman interviewed by HRW in Panyijar, who fled attacks in Mayendit. “There was Gatpan Mut, for example, who was a little old, and Gatkui Jich, who couldn’t move, and many, many more whose names I can’t remember.”
Human Rights Watch says also that “during a brutal attack by government forces on the Malakal PoC site in February 2016, three members of the same family with disabilities burned to death.”
The rights group appealed in a report Wednesday for more humanitarian assistance for the disabled and elderly who have managed to flee violence and yet have difficulty getting food assistance, accessing latrines, and reaching aid hubs.
A video produced by HRW from the protection camps is available below: