62. Rebecca

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Though I’m going through this predicament, I still feel happy, except that I’m feeling for my children who always carry me in and out. So if the government can come to our aid, I’ll be most happy. 


It started barely three years ago when I was attacked by a disease on the leg. One of my legs became very weak and I tried to take treatment from the hospital but it was not going through. I went to prayer camps, churches, but I was not getting alright. Then somewhere along the line it fell on the second leg too. Barely three years ago, my children advised that I should be amputated and my two legs were amputated. Through the help of one of my nephews, they helped to contribute to the amputation of the legs. So far that is how it came about.

My disability has affected the family negatively because I am no more in a position to care for them. I am no longer working. It’s only my children who have to go and toil and come and feed me. If they don’t get, then throughout the whole day I can stay without food. I can starve. But my disability did not affect our relationship.

What has been the most difficult aspect of disability for you?

When you become disabled in Ghana, nobody cares for you, even your family people. They look mean upon you. That is the biggest challenge that I see.

What makes you happy?

Though I’m going through this predicament, I still feel happy, except that I’m feeling for my children who always carry me in and out. So if the government can come to our aid, I’ll be most happy.  I think we have to advocate so that the government helps us.

What is your best ability?

Right now the wounds are not yet healed so that is why I’m not capable of doing anything yet. I’m just treating the wounds. If the wounds are healed, I know I’ll be capable of doing things. If I’m well healed, I can sell things on the road, along the roadside. Once I’m lucky to be by the roadside I will sit by the table selling.

What would you say to another person who has a disability?

I would call for unity, that we are in the same category so we should unite.


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