William is the Programs Intern at CIVIC. He is pursuing a LLM in International Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School, specializing in the intersection between international humanitarian law and human rights law. He has previously interned with the Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 24: Saf'aa Ahmed, 11, sits with the remainder of her right leg propped up at a hospital April 24, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. Saf'aa lost her left leg two weeks ago, from a missile attack on her neighborhood, according to her family. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The Hidden Harm: Acquired Disability During Conflict

Disability regularly intersects with other vulnerabilities in conflict like gender and age to place persons with disabilities at significantly greater risk of harm compared to other civilians. Given that persons with disabilities are “invisible” in peacetime, it is therefore essential to ensure their inclusion in civilian protection processes and incumbent on governments and humanitarian organizations to recognize and address their needs during conflict.