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WBU expresses solidarity with members in Australia

The World Blind Union extends deepest sympathies to all members in Australia affected by catastrophic wildfires ranging across the country.

According to Media reports, dozens of people have been reported as dead and several families have been displaced. The fires have destroyed millions of acres and killed thousands of animals. 

The WBU is monitoring the crisis with deep concern and is appealing to humanitarian agencies to consider special needs of blind and partially sighted persons affected by the fires. It is critical that blind and partially sighted persons be provided with accessible emergency services including information in audio, large print and braille formats. In addition, relief services including health, rehabilitation and re-settlement services should be accessible.

The World Blind Union advocates for protection of the rights of blind and partially sighted persons in situations of disaster, humanitarian emergency or conflict, to ensure that all services and programs are accessible to them.