71. Abla

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I would tell him or her not to be discouraged about his disability. Even when people discriminate him or her, he shouldn’t worry at all. He should give everything to God.


The disability began since infancy. My mother told me I fell sick when I was a baby and she tried to cure me from the sickness but this is how I became. So I cannot say in detail how the thing began.

Socially, in the community, because of the nature of my leg, at times I do fall. And when I fall like that, people start laughing at me. So because of that some people don’t like me to come closer to them. Some even insult me, that it’s due to my wickedness that I became like this. So because of that, I myself don’t feel like mingling myself with them.

Why do you think people think badly about those who have disabilities?

I think it’s because they think the disabled will ask something from them. And because they don’t want you to draw nearer to them so that you may ask some help from them, that is why they try to scare you.

Has having a disability affected your relationships with family and friends?

Nothing like that.

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

The only thing I think they can do to help is to support us financially, so that those of us who are into petty trading can also have our daily bread.

The happiest day in my life I can remember is when my older sisters came from the Ashanti region and they brought me money. The very day they arrived they gave me money to start doing small small trading. When I remember that day, I become very happy and I wish a day like that should come in my life again. When they brought me money to do petty trading, there was nobody looking after me. So when I started trading it was the same money that I used to feed on. So by and by it got finished.

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

I would tell him or her not to be discouraged about his disability. Even when people discriminate him or her, he shouldn’t worry at all. He should give everything to God.

What is your best ability?

Trading is my ability.


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