People With Disabilities Bear Brunt in CAR Conflict

Human Rights Watch says people with disabilities in the Central African Republic often struggle to flee to safety when their communities come under attack by armed groups.

  • Central African Republic:   People With Disabilities Left Behind

    HRW, 27 April 2015

    People with disabilities in the Central African Republic were often left behind and struggled to flee to safety when their communities came under the brutal attacks by armed groups… Read more »

Hamamatou, a 13-year-old girl polio survivor, was abandoned by her family after their village was attacked by anti-balaka forces in Central African Republic. Her brother attempted to carry her to safety, but grew exhausted, and had to leave her under a tree. When anti-balaka fighters found her two weeks later, Hamamatou described what happened: “The fighters said, ‘we have found an animal. Let’s finish it off.’” Another anti-balaka soldier intervened to save her life. Hamamatou was rescued and taken to a Catholic mission where she now lives under the care of local priests.

  • Central African Republic:   Left Behind to Die - Andet's Story

    HRW, 27 April 2015

    It was about two o'clock in the afternoon, on a warm December day in 2013, when the sound of gunshots and frantic shouting abruptly woke Ambroise Andet from his midday nap.… Read more »

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