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Disabled people in Ukraine at risk of being abandoned and forgotten

JOHANNESBURG – As the war rages on between the Ukraine and Russia one wonders, as in any other war or conflict, what will happen to the people living with disabilities during this time?

According to the European Disability Forum, there are 2.7 million persons with disabilities registered in Ukraine.

Those who cannot flee are at risk of being abandoned in institutions, at home and if they are separated from family members during the chaos, they will have to wait where they are in hopes of being found or helped by someone.

Those living in institutions are already cut off from their communities and risk being abandoned and forgotten.