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Two young girls sitting together and smiling.

Seynabou’s story

One day Seynabou heard a visiting teacher talk about an inclusive school for children with disabilities, and she jumped at the chance to go.

A woman in a pink headscarf smiling at the camera.

Khady’s story

“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.”

Mbathio attends school in Dakar.

Mbathio’s story

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.

Ndong Jean Faustin stands with crutches.

Mbalmayo Disability Group, Cameroon

In Cameroon there are laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to vote. Yet many still struggle to access the ballot box.

Michel Fozeu sits at a table wearing headphones and speaking into a microphone.

Michel’s story

“The message we want to give through this radio show is that people with disabilities in Cameroon are able to take part in the electoral process.”

Senator Robert Oyono in his wheelchair in front of some steps.

Robert’s story

Robert Oyono is Cameroon’s first senator with a disability, and is calling for people with disabilities to be included in the political process.

Nanny Powers holds her voting card.

Nanny’s story

“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.”

Eveline’s story

“People have a lot of misconceptions about blind women. They think that people with visual impairments cannot do anything at all.”

Floreal Serge Adieme wearing dark glasses and holding a white cane.

Adieme’s story

“I think if there is a wide mobilisation of the vote among disabled people, it can change things in our country.”

Poligarpo smiles after returning home following his cataract operation.

Poligarpo’s story

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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