On International Day of Disabled Persons, Deafblind woman appeals UN

Meeting at United Nations Headquarters
(photo: http://www.47news.jp/)
December 4, 2014 
The meeting which thinks how to protect persons with disabilities at a natural disaster was held at United Nations Headquarters on December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons.

The Japanese Deafblind woman who can't move the whole body freely because of an incurable nerve disease called "frequent occurrence sclerosis" complained of difficulty in protecting the Deafblind including herself against a great earthquake and a tidal wave.

The speaker was Fukuda Akiko (福田暁子), 37, who serves as a secretary-general of the World Federation of the Deafblind, made a speech in English. "If a great earthquake and tsunami are drawing near a Deafblind person, how should it on earth be done?" Her speech was arousing sympathy in the meeting place.

The advice such as should increase more consciousness of an international community was given from the meeting.

U.N. World Disaster Reduction Conference will be held in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015, with an important theme: protection of persons with disabilities.


Japanese sources:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20141204/k10013722351000.html

http://www.47news.jp/CN/201412/CN2014120401000946.html

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