"I was injured during the war and I was so ashamed of my disability.
Before ADD visited me, I always stayed at home. I didn’t want to go out. I felt very embarrassed to be seen by people.
One day, disability activists came to visit me. I didn’t want anyone to see me. My mother tried to persuade me to come outside and talk with them but I was crying - I didn’t want anyone to see me.
Mr Ou Sarin, a local disability activist leader, tried to convince me to come out and not hide - he is also a land mine survivor and he told me we are all the same. But, I couldn't bring myself to do it.
After they left, I thought a lot about what they said. I decided I did want to meet with them and to let them help me.
The next day, my sister took me out in my wheelchair for the first time since my injury. The people in the village greeted me and asked why I had never go outside to see them before.
I joined the local self-help group.
I wanted to meet with other disabled people. I did not want to stay indoors anymore. I was both scared and excitement but after a few meetings I felt completely comfortable.
Through ADD - I received two piglets and learnt how to feed and rear them. I became an expert in pig-raising in my village.
I’m so proud that I am now earning money. I can use it to buy what I want. I have also invested in fertiliser and hired people to help me do the labor on my farm. I also bought myself a radio, so I have an opportunity to get information about the country and society.
I am so much happier.
I am able to do what I want, I have the money to buy what I need. I have also joined in social activities in my village. People are much more friendly to me.
I finally feel freedom like ordinary people.
Previously, I did not allow my neighbours to visit me but now I welcome everyone and have many friends. I have a plan for the future. I want to say thank you so much to ADD and disability activists for giving me a chance, so I can have freedom and be like other people."
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Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of 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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