When Itidal was 13, she caught a rare disease which affected her legs.
Her family was unable to pay for her treatment and she eventually lost the ability to walk. Despite her family’s protestations, Itidal left school and went to live alone. After years of isolation, one of Itidal’s relatives told her of an organisation he had found, run by disability activists, to help other disabled people. When Itidal refused to meet them, her Uncle went to them and told the organisation about her.
After hearing her story, a group of disability activists visited Itidal in her home. This visit was a turning point for Itidal. She joined the group and has never looked back. They gave her training in disability rights and provided her with a wheelchair and a new three wheel motor bike to give her independence once again.
“I feel like a new life was given to me, that my life can start again. Now I feel I can do everything. I learned a lot of good things from people here: disability is not the end of the world, you can still
do something, for yourself and for others who may need assistance.
I hope to be a disability activist, and to hold awareness sessions about disability and how people can manage their life with any type of disability. I hope all my dreams come true, and all people with disability in my country and all around the world get their rights and are respected by the community.”
Let's build movements together.
Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.
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Tayba has a hearing impairment. In Sudan, there is no government support for the deaf. Tayba found community and support through a local group of activists and now is earning the money to help contribute to her family.
Sabina is one of the only female disability activists in her area: shunned by her village as a child she is now an award winning community leader.
"My dreams have always been simple, just to meet my own requirements, to contribute to my family, and not to depend on others."