chapter  10
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Disability and Afghan reconstruction: some policy issues


Conflict in Afghanistan continues (May 1990) as various political groups struggle for power. Meanwhile many thousands of disabled Afghan women, children and men pursue their lives among the estimated 10.5 million population still living within the country or among the 5.5 million refugees in Pakistan and Iran. This paper reviews some current resources and issues of policy and planning for the rehabilitation of disabled Afghans. The development profile of Afghanistan demands something beyond conventional wisdom. Slogans of the International Decade of Disabled People are unknown here, and if known they would have minor relevance. The United Nations has targeted disabled Afghans in its Operation Salam and has been trying since 1988 to devise plans, but is unclear how to proceed beyond rather general outlines (CADA, 1989).