Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN) Country Director Rev. John Joseph Hayap noted that human rights abuses in the country have killed and maimed thousands of people, destroyed valuables and displaced many from their ancestral homes.
Speaking through Abdul Ahmed, the organization’s program manager in Kaduna, on Saturday during International Human Rights Day 2022, Reverend Hiyab noted that human rights violations have also had a devastating impact on the country’s development.
According to Reverend Hiyab, human rights issues have caused the world to be full of evil, torment, turmoil, and violence that not only destroys common humanity, but also polarizes societies along ethnic and religious lines.
He added, “It is sad and pathetic that violence has become a norm in our societies today. The security of life and property of Nigerians is no longer guaranteed.”
He pointed out that human rights issues have caused devastating effects of the permanent conflicts in northern Nigeria and paralyzed the country’s social and economic situation, leaving behind a lot of damage that may take years to revive.
He said, “In the North-East, we witnessed the monstrous damage caused by Boko Haram insurgents where heavy loss of life and property was recorded. Similarly, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, conflicts between farmers and herders, and ethnic and religious differences flourished in the North-West and North-Central. As a result, Thousands of people have been maimed, killed and displaced with many human rights abuses and abuses recorded. Moreover, poverty, insecurity and neglect by the government have made the region almost a remnant of war and people with disabilities, women and children are unfortunately the most affected.”
He explained that people with disabilities living in conflict settings face increased risks of injury, death, sexual harassment and molestation, among other forms of violence and threats that lead to physical, mental and emotional injuries.
The Country Director lamented that people with disabilities are being denied their right to flee the violence, saying that warnings, evacuation routes and emergency information are not accessible.
Reverend Hiyab noted that sometimes people with disabilities are deliberately targeted or used as human shields, noting that women and girls with disabilities are increasingly at risk of sexual and gender-based violence.
He believed that people with disabilities fleeing violence are often excluded from the assistance provided to the displaced and refugees, stressing that inaccessible humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, water and medical support, can have a catastrophic impact on the health of people with disabilities. .
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