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YMCA Boss Wants Action for People With Disabilities
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YMCA Boss Wants Action for People With Disabilities
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA

GBARNGA, Aug 1 (LINA) - The National Secretary General of the Young Men’s Christian Association, Edward Gboe, has struck the need for government and donors to take affirmative action to support the integration of people with disabilities in Liberia.

Mr. Gboe says people with special needs in the country find it difficult to make a living, noting that many have become beggars in street corners to sustain themselves.

He noted that most educational facilities in Liberia do not cater to people with disabilities and that employment is difficult for them as most public buildings are not accessible to people with disabilities.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Mr. Gboe made the call at the formal induction of officials of the Bong County Federation of Disabled, held in Gbarnga over the weekend.

The YMCA official said key recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report towards addressing the concerns of vulnerable groups affected by the war need to be given adequate attention by the government and stakeholders.

Gboe wants the National Legislature to enact laws to support a national welfare program for all children born with deformity in Liberia, and that such initiative should include free education up to university level as well as financial support to beneficiaries.

He stressed the need for increased financial support to immunization, noting that it is pivotal to eliminating deformity among children, and called on government to establish a robust national immunization campaign across Liberia.
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