Demonstrators protest late payments and lack of funding for organizations supporting people with special needs, May 23, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Hundreds of Lebanese people with special needs and employees at NGOs assisting people with disabilities Thursday staged protests throughout the country to demand the payment of funding to the organizations that support them.Second, the protesters demanded that the ministry's budget not be cut as part of the austerity measures being debated as part of the budget. The Social Affairs Ministry, which finances the NGOs providing special needs services, already had one of the smallest allocations in the 2018 budget, receiving only 0.954 percent of state funding. Minister Richard Kouyoumjian said that redressing this is a "priority" for the ministry.Third, the protesters called for the NGOs working with people with disabilities to receive payment for the funds they are owed.
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