On June 1st, 2022, Justice for Life launched an initiative on the rights of persons with disabilities in Deir Ezzor, which included a number of activities such as workshops and focused dialogues. The initiative aimed to answer the following questions:
- What are the most important needs of persons with disabilities in Deir Ezzor?
- What are the main obstacles and challenges preventing persons with disabilities from accessing their rights?
- What is the optimal intervention required to meet the needs of persons with disabilities?
(10) persons with disabilities discussed in several sessions in depth all the details related to their rights and the basic challenges that prevent them from accessing these rights in JFL office in Al-Kasrah town in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor., findings of the discussions were presented to representatives of the local authority, representatives of civil society organizations, and social actors in Deir Ezzor. The hardship of persons with disabilities was doubled during the war due to the collapse of the health and education systems and the failure to provide the necessary services by various controlling powers that succeeded in controlling Deir Ezzor governorate.
This paper summarizes the challenges facing persons with disabilities in areas under the Autonomous Administration control in Deir Ezzor and recommendations for intervention to improve PWD access to their basic rights.
The participants in the initiative recommended that interventions for the PWD’s benefit shall be based on their needs through the implementation of local assessments to identify the intervention priorities and the best ways to do so, especially since this war doubled the suffering of persons with disabilities after the collapse of the health and education systems, and the lack of attention paid to this group by the various forces that succeeded in controlling Deir Ezzor province.
Participants also agreed on the need for coordination among all parties, especially local authorities and civil society organizations to improve the provision of services to persons with disabilities.