3. Comfort

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I don’t understand why I have this condition and why the same condition has affected my daughter, but I love her and treat her well. I want my daughter to go through education, preferably to the university level. I want her to be somebody in society – to confound those with ability.


 

I’ve been in my situation since infancy, and I’ve overcome it by doing everything on my own. Any work at all that comes my way I do it. During my marriage, I got pregnant and had my first child. Then I got pregnant again with triplets. Due to the nature of my disability, I suffered a lot. Carrying three children in my womb was not an easy task. My fifth child developed my condition. I don’t know whether it was heredity. I can’t tell.

In spite of my condition, I am able to travel to Accra. I go and sell over there. I have to wake up at dawn, tread from here to the station, which takes me about one hour, and then board a TroTro to Accra. I get home around eight o’clock.

I don’t understand why I have this condition and why the same condition has affected my daughter, but I love her and treat her well. I want my daughter to go through education, preferably to the university level. I want her to be somebody in society – to confound those with ability. I want her to realize the ability within herself.  

For me, I am a singer. When I go to Church and I am on the microphone singing, that is my happiest moment.

What is the greatest difficulty you face as a result of your disability?

My most difficult moment is when I have to fetch water. My children are not all that strong yet, so I have to go fetch water. Carrying water on my head is one of my difficulties.

Do you experience discrimination within your community?

Many people used to gossip about me in this community, saying that I am disabled and my daughter is disabled. They have labeled us a cursed family. They say that I am worthless, and it hurts so much. They don’t really regard me as human.

If a person with a disability came to you for advice, what would you tell them?

If such a person comes to me, I would use my disability as a yardstick to encourage them and to let them realize that despite my disability, I have been able to overcome it. I have gone through an ordeal, yet still I have been able to survive. Even if a person plans to commit suicide, I would try to convince them not to do such a thing and know that there is more to life. They should stick to the word of God for inspiration.


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