Disabled People in Conflicts and Wars

  • Maria BerghsEmail author
  • Nawaf Kabbara
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


This chapter begins by situating a narrow public health focus in medical humanitarianism despite the changing nature of conflicts. We argue that such an approach misses existing populations of disabled people, which has consequences for reintegration and social protection. Secondly, we examine how indirect impairments result from sites of vulnerability during and post-conflict. Thirdly, we illustrate the long-term consequences of conflict and where action is needed. In conclusion, we use a case-study to examine the potential of inclusion as a resource for peace but also show why this approach currently has limitations.


Conflict War Medical humanitarianism Post-conflict conciliation Lebanon Disability Inclusion International non-governmental organisations 



We would like to thank the reviewers for their detailed editing and helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Balamand UniversityKouraLebanon

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