First step towards Thailand and ASEAN Inclusive Disaster Management
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The Royal Thai Armed Forces hosted a Thailand-Cambodia Joint and Combined Exercise on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in Cha-am, 21 – 24 August 2012 with participation from Thai citizens with disabilities.
No one should be left behind
Nine representatives with disabilities from the Council of Persons with Disabilities Thailand inspired the training participants to move their practices to inclusive disaster management. One representative worked as a liaison officer to support the Commanding Post Unit; the others were acting with other civilians as disaster victims in storm surges, tsunamis, landslides, and collapsed buildings.
Voices from the field
Like many others, Colonel Sungkom Piemwiriyawong, Deputy Director, Joint and Combined Exercise Division Joint and Combined Exercise Planning Office (J-7), Directorate of Joint Operations, Royal Thai Armed Forces, says that this makes us start to think about inclusion.
The Council of Persons with Disability Thailand also requested to be a part of planning in future exercises with the Republic of Korea and more countries in 2013.