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I dream of inclusion
by Samir Abi
“Your son will never walk again.” Sentences like these determine the fate of thousands of children in Togo.
They are marginalised in a society that regards disabilities as dreadful personal faults. Even urbanite, well-to-do government officers hide children with impaired sight or hearing in relatives’ homes in villages. Most people with disabilities are denied any respectable job. Only a few manage to prevail in the education system in spite of many obstacles and graduate with excellent grades. But even these pioneers, who escape their peers’ predetermined fate of becoming socially outcast beggars, have to keep proving their resilience and ambition. They must demonstrate again and again that social and professional inclusion are possible even for people who cannot see, hear or walk. (suite…)