“The difference between lightning and a lightning bug”
The Disability Situation in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan 2.7% of the total population have “very severe” disabilities that call for the implementation of urgent policies and interventions. From a severity point of view, if other categories are added, this rate increases to well over 15%, as indicated in the 2011 World Health Organization disability report.
Based on the Social Protection Strategy and the National Risks and Vulnerability Assessment, one of the ‘Priorities at Risk Groups’ in Afghanistan is represented by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). These people continue to undergo hefty challenges: no access to public services, negative attitudes from society, unemployment and physical accessibility are just some of the hardships. To improve this situation, disability needs to be given high priority in all policies of the government, private sector and civil society; and monitored for implementation. Providing direct enablement support to PwDs is another priority.
Community Centre for the Disabled (CCD)
An Afghan NGO, this resource centre is one of the leading disability organizations that has been promoting the rights of Persons with Disabilities since 2004. To this end, CCD maintains the following activities:
The photographic exhibition
“The difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
The 3rd December marks the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the 16th anniversary of the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, and the International Day of People with Disability. In honour of survivors of these horrific weapons and of other people with disabilities in Afghanistan and worldwide, the Community Centre for Disabled with the support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines – Cluster Munition Coalition is pleased to launch this exhibition featuring the photographs by Giovanni Diffidenti.
The photographs depict life situations of persons with disabilities, including landmine and survivors of other explosive remnants of war in Afghanistan. Many efforts have been undertaken in support of survivors and victims, but more can and must be done with greater resources dedicated to support this cause.