59. Dangor

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The greatest barrier to me is that most of us are relegated by society. And if you are not careful, you can even die in your room because there’s nobody to listen to your plight. To me, that is the greatest barrier that I can say – that society relegates us.


My story began when I was a baby. I crawled into fire, so I was burnt – my hands, my feet. That is how it came. I grew and my mother told me that that’s how I became disabled.

My parents were not educated so they didn’t know anything about education and they didn’t send me to school. They felt for me so they didn’t want me to go out among other able-bodied people. They more or less fenced me in the house. If I wanted to go out they said “No, don’t go out.”

The happiest day in my life was when I was given 50 Ghana cedis after the death of my mother. I was given 50 Ghana cedis by a lady. That was the happiest day in my life because I was not expecting anything like that.

The most difficult time for me was immediately when my mother died. I had it very tough because I couldn’t get anybody to look after me.

What is your best ability?

I don’t do anything.

What are the biggest barriers for persons with disabilities in Ghana?

The greatest barrier to me is that most of us are relegated by society. And if you are not careful, you can even die in your room because there’s nobody to listen to your plight. To me, that is the greatest barrier that I can say – that society relegates us.

What can Ghanaians and the international community do to improve the lives of persons with disabilities?

The only way I think we can improve the situation of the disabled is through the Disability Needs Foundation, that we lobby through this NGO to let our voices be heard so that they can improve our lives.

If you meet another person with a disability, what would you tell him or her?

I will only console him or her. I will not go further to ask how it happened. I will only console him or her and ask him or her to take heart. And if I get something I can extend it to him or her.


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