PHOTO FEATURE: No one knows us - Women with disabilities in northern Uganda

Human Rights Watch
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 20:00
Eastern Africa
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights
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After more than two decades of war, people in northern Uganda are trying to put their lives back together. The conflict took a particularly devastating toll on women with disabilities, who face on‐going insecurity and limited access to services. Some of the women were born with disabilities. Others lost limbs, eyesight or hearing during the war. Some women told stories of being left behind, unable to run when the rebels came. Due to stigma, discrimination and isolation, women with disabilities are vulnerable to rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. As northern Ugandans leave the camps to return home or find a new place to live, women with disabilities have trouble getting health care, education or other basic government services that they need. Human Rights Watch traveled to northern Uganda with photographer Martina Bacigalupo to document these stories of survival.

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No one knows us - Women with disabilities in northern Uganda