EES Marks International Day Of People With Disability

Eastern Equatoria State (EES) has commemorated the International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) in the state capital, Torit.

EES Marks International Day Of People With Disability
EES marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) in Torit [Gurtong]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 14 December 2013 [Gurtong] – The United Nations sanctioned the day to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

The IDPWD was celebrated under: “Break barriers, open doors for an inclusive society for all!”

Addressing an enthusiastic gathering at Freedom Square in Torit, the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugee (UNHCR) in the state John Wassey said 3 December is dedicated to place a greater emphasis on the abilities and achievements of people living with disability.

Appealing to all able bodied people especially South Sudanese, individuals, organizations and government, Wassey said it is responsibility of everyone to compassionately care for people with disabilities.

He encouraged people with disabilities to freely come out and celebrate their day, saying IDPwD is a unique day in the society because it unites disability organisations, businesses, federal, state and local governments and the community.

The day is a collaborative effort to celebrate and acknowledge the experience and expertise of people with disability.

Speaking on behalf of the people with disabilities, Hon. Justine Lobuya Napee who represents the people with disabilities at State Legislative Assembly in EES said the day aimed at recognizing contributions and rights of disabled persons.

“We are celebrating this Day as efforts to join hands in solidarity with the rest of world in saluting the disabled persons who are entirely part and parcel of our communities,” said Lobuya.

“I therefore send forward my heartfelt gratitude to the government and NGOs who are working tirelessly hand in hand in finding and providing required services to the people with disability.”

He said disability is not anyone’s wish, saying most came as a result of long civil war which affected the population in different ways.

Representing the state Governor and Gender Minister, the Education Minister Hon. Michael Lopuke Lotyam called for inclusiveness as he urged all able bodied people to care for disabled people.

He said there is need to pay attention to the war victims. IDPwD is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions people with disability make every day to their communities; make a positive contribution to the lives of 4 million of Australians with disability.

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