PWDs Call for Recognition, Respect

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Annah Kobusingye, the Kabale district female Councillor for PWDS says despite the efforts put in place to promote the rights of PWDs, segregation against them has increased with some parents locking up their disabled children at home, denying them an opportunity to go to school while others kill them.

PWDS Call for Recognition, Respect

Persons with disabilities in Kabale district are calling for recognition and respect to their rights.

Annah Kobusingye, the Kabale district female councillor for PWDS says despite the efforts put in place to promote the rights of PWDs, they continue to suffer at the hands of those who should be protecting and supporting them.

She says that segregation against the PWDS has increased with some parents locking up their disabled children at home, denying them an opportunity to go to school while others kill them.

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Kobusingye further challenges government to declare the international Day of persons with disabilities a public holiday as a way of recognizing PWDS.

John Karisa, a person with disabilities demands that governments should allocate resources to support persons with disabilities in an effort to help them become self reliant.  Karisa says that once equipped with skills, PWDS can easily achieve and fulfill their potential.

This as the world marks the international day of persons with disabilities celebrated globally on 3rd December.  The Day re-affirms and draws attention to the rights of people who live with disabilities.

In Uganda the National cerebration is held in Kisoro district under the theme “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.