55. Simon

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When I meet a disability person, what I do is that I joke with him, for the reason that he too should forget about what is happening with him and feel happy sometimes. Always he should not be isolated all the time, so I go sometimes and we joke together.


On the 13th of April, 2013, early dawn, I woke up to go out to urinate. After the urinating, when I turned back to go to my bed, my face became dark so I fell down.

I feel sorry for myself because my friends that I move with, they go away from me. They don’t come to me. They relegated me. When I invite them to me sometimes they don’t come. I see them entertaining themselves over there. Formerly I used to play with them but as the thing happened they don’t allow me to play with them again. I always feel sorry for myself. It was last year when one of my classmates – he is a well-to-do person – he came to town. I invited the elderly people to entertain them. Around six o’clock we were going there when these young boys saw me, “What are you two going to do over there? What are you two going to do there?” I feel very pity.

I don’t have money in my pocket, I feel hungry. Some of my families advise my children not to take care of me. So now my children, they don’t take care of me properly because of the families’ advice.

But my happiest experience was last Sunday. Throughout the whole day I did not have anything in my pocket. I prayed to God, that he would touch somebody’s heart, that they should donate and give me something. From morning until six o’clock. And a friend of mine gave me one hundred Ghana cedis. So I was very very happy.

What is your best ability?

Farming and talking with friends.

What do you think should be done to help persons with disabilities in Ghana?

I wish the Ghana government would help persons with disabilities. Those who can learn a trade, they should help them learn a trade. Those who can go to school, they should help them to go to school. Those who can make a farm – I’m a farmer now and farm cassava, pepper, and corn – they should help, so that I too can bring some food to myself.

What should the international community do?

We need their help too so that disability people can be happy in society. Without them, the government alone can never help. The most idea I have is that they should establish some business, say shoe-making, kente-weaving, and other things so that they can learn some work too.

When you meet another person with a disability, what do you say to him or her?

When I meet a disability person, what I do is that I joke with him, for the reason that he too should forget about what is happening with him and feel happy sometimes. Always he should not be isolated all the time, so I go sometimes and we joke together.

What is disability, in general?

Disability is sometimes sickness, accident. We, the blacks, sometimes they are wicked, they ju-ju us, use black power, to disability the others.


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