Gazans with disabilities receive wheelchair assistance from benefactors. PHOTO/ACT
Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Network team ACT explained, Israel’s years of attacks on Gaza, often cause injuries to residents. Not infrequently, these attacks also make many Gazans paralyzed and unable to carry out their normal activities.
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“This is the reason that underlies the delivery of wheelchair assistance from Sahabat Dermawan,” said Firdaus, Wednesday (16/3/2022). In addition to victims of aggression, this wheelchair assistance is also intended for Gaza residents who do have motor impairments due to physical deficiencies since birth.
Firdaus hopes that this assistance can bring joy to the beneficiaries. Through wheelchairs, people with disabilities can be facilitated in their mobility and all their activities.
ACT and donors always provide wheelchair assistance every year in Gaza. In 2021, a total of 65 wheelchairs were distributed. Meanwhile, in 2020, there will be around 200 wheelchairs.
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To note, there are more than 3,000 people with disabilities in Gaza. Naji Naji, director of the General Association of Palestinian Persons with Disabilities in the Gaza Strip, said the suffering of persons with disabilities in Gaza has worsened after their number has increased, but equipment and friendly facilities for them are minimal.
“There are difficulties in providing assistance, such as electric wheelchairs, crutches, medicines, wheelchair batteries, and other items. People with disabilities suffered greatly during Israel’s attack. For example, many of them were unable to escape from the nearby bombardment because their movements were slow. Or they can’t use public toilets when they evacuate,” said Naji.