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Disabled Armenian stuck at home for 10 years after neighbours block access

Radif Shamoyan’s fight for a wheelchair ramp highlights the failures of the state to protect the rights of people with disabilities

From her window 61-year-old Radif Shamoyan can just about see the benches under the mulberry tree outside, where locals gather every evening to talk about the day’s events. The last time Shamoyan was able to join in the conversation was nearly 10 years ago. Since then, she has been a virtual prisoner in her home.

Shamoyan has been unable to walk since an accident when she was 19, but says she would be able to get around in her wheelchair perfectly well – if only she could get it out of the flat.

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