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One day Seynabou heard a visiting teacher talk about an inclusive school for children with disabilities, and she jumped at the chance to go.
“I met so many children with disabilities who were not going to school and there was no institution to welcome them. So I started fighting for that aim.”
We first met Mbathio in 2015, at an inclusive school in Dakar, Senegal. Read her story, and find out how she’s getting on four years later.
In Cameroon there are laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to vote. Yet come election day, many still find serious barriers standing between them and the ballot box.
“The message that we want to say through this radio programme is that people with disabilities have to take part in the electoral process.”
Robert Oyono is Cameroon’s first senator with a disability, and is calling for people with disabilities to be included in the political process.
“I didn’t know that disabled people have the right to vote. I didn’t know if it was for a certain class and a certain age.”
“People have a lot of misconceptions about blind women. They think that people with visual impairments cannot do anything at all.”
“I think if there is a wide mobilisation of the vote among disabled people, it can change things in our country.”
Poligarpo, from Mozambique, had lost his independence after being blinded by cataracts. But a straightforward operation restored his vision and gave him his life back.
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