Cameroon marks Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities with calls for greater inclusion

11-11-29 -- LOME , TOGO -- Komivi Ayassou, of FETAPH, (Togo Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities) reads a Braille version of the WHO/World Bank Report on Disability in Togo on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Photo by Daniel Hayduk

Cameroon on Friday joined the country’s disabled community in celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with calls for greater inclusion of disabled persons in society.

There are an estimated 3.5 million disabled people in Cameroon and the government was resolute to ensure their wellbeing in society, the country’s minister of social affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene said during activities to mark the day in the capital, Yaounde.

“Disabled people are like any other person. We will continue to promote their rights and well-being in all aspects of society. We will leave no one behind in the development of our country,” Nguene told reporters during the event.

“Cameroon will continue to make sure that disabled people enjoy equal opportunities, participate in decision-making, and truly benefit from economic, social, political and cultural life,” the minister added.

She said the Central African nation will provide 10,000 identification cards for disabled people which will allow them to enjoy “special treatment” wherever they go in the country.