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Handicap, Burundi

Causes of disability in the world are numerous and often linked to extreme poverty.

To war casualties like people with amputations, one must add leprosy, poliomyelitis and diabetes. Pregnancy and delivery conditions increase the risk of child mortality. AIDS and car accidents add to the list.

According to W.H.O., around 10 per cent of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability, 80% of them in developing countries.
In their own society, they are invisible citizens. Living their life hidden,
cloistered, millions of disabled people don't get their basic human rights respected.

Disability and poverty increase each other. To break this vicious circle, disability has to be part of every action for poverty reduction.

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