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Post-Civil War Experience and Women with Disabilities in Nigeria

U. U. Effiong; Kingdom Mboho and Steve Wordu

Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society

This work examines post-civil war experience and women with disabilities in Nigeria, fifty years after the War. Literature is replete with conditions or dimensions of disabilities created by the Nigerian Civil War. Both men and women were wounded and amputated during the war. Some have died, some are still alive. Often times, the war-induced people with disabilities (PWDs) have lived in abject poverty and not received adequate care or assistance. In fact, they have been subjected to series of inhumane treatment by the society they fought to keep united. Painful enough, people with disabilities are often excluded from development policies and programmes that concerned them. CommunityBased Rehabilitation is central to the achievement of satisfactory empowerment of PWDs, because of its capacity to be implemented through the combined effort of people with disabilities themselves, their families, organizations and communities and the relevant governmental and non-governmental health, education, vocational, social and other services. The core of this study is that a cost-effective strategy should be employed to reach women with disabilities within their own communities. This approach makes use of existing community services and promotes inclusion instead of exclusion. As advocated by Obiozor and Koledoye (2011), government authorities and stakeholders must ensure that WWDs benefit from the gains of the 1993 Nigeria with Disabilities Decree, and access quality healthcare, literacy, security, vocational and special education and democracy, especially through community-based rehabilitation strategy