"The difference between lightning and a lightning bug"
*The Disability Situation in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan 2.7% of the total population have “very severe” disabilities that call for the implementation of urgent policies and interventions. From a severity point of view, if other categories are added, this rate increases to well over 15%, as indicated in the 2011 World Health Organization disability report.
Based on the Social Protection Strategy and the National Risks and Vulnerability Assessment, one of the ‘Priorities at Risk Groups’ in Afghanistan is represented by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). These people continue to undergo hefty challenges: no access to public services, negative attitudes from society, unemployment and physical accessibility are just some of the hardships. To improve this situation, disability needs to be given high priority in all policies of the government, private sector and civil society; and monitored for implementation. Providing direct enablement support to PwDs is another priority.
* This quotation from Mark Twain, American author and humorist, refers to the abyss between two different sources of light. The powerful flash of lightning against the faint glow of the firefly. As to light, the same analogy can be applied to the very different situations that persons with disabilities face up to in their lifetime and the way they handle them.