WBU expresses solidarity with members in Turkey

November 2, 2020 6:30 am Published by

The World Blind Union extends deepest sympathies to all members in Turkey affected by the powerful earthquake that struck the Aegean Sea last Friday.

According to Media reports, dozens of people have died, hundreds injured, and several families have been displaced. It was the deadliest earthquake in Turkey since one in the eastern city of Van in 2011 that killed more than 500 people.

The WBU is appealing to humanitarian agencies and fast responders to consider special needs of blind and partially sighted persons affected by the earthquake. 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.

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This post was written by Terry Mutuku