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 many still struggle to access the ballot box.
“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.”
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 founded Cameroon’s National Association of Persons with Short Stature, a disability organisation for people with restricted growth.
“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.