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Rights group: Disabled Somalis face abuse, discrimination

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 3:00 AM

Rights group: Disabled Somalis face abuse, discrimination

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP):

An international human-rights group said decades of conflict and discrimination have left people with disabilities in Somalia vulnerable to forced marriage, violence and rape, among other abuses.

Amnesty International yesterday called on the Somali Federal Government to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are protected in law and in practice.

Gemma Davies, Amnesty International's Somalia researcher, said people with disabilities face greater abuse in Somalia because they are often seen as a burden or as easier targets for attackers.

Amnesty International says its researchers spoke to dozens of people with physical disabilities who spoke of the abuses inflicted on them, including rape and beatings. Women and girls with disabilities said they are forced into marriage to older and sometimes abusive men.