Sunday, July 21, 2019
Tadeo Masereka may be visually impaired but he never loses sight of his purpose in life. The buoyant 23 year old hopes to rise from his handicap one day and become an inspiration to both the blind and non blind in Uganda. “People with disabilities are often looked down upon in Uganda. The blind, just like able bodied people should live and work with full responsibility. Being blind, I have experienced prejudice and discrimination on several occasions and I am hoping I can be the change. I envisage studying law at the university. I want to advocate for the rights…
Before he passed on, my late grandfather, had always offered me good counsel. “Have the grace to forgive. Let not your mind be held captive by memories of having been wronged in your childhood,” he told me. My grandfather knew about my broken childhood experiences. He knew I had grown up resentful, depressed and disillusioned on account of the abuse I suffered at the hands of my late Dad. The rejection and constant physical abuse I was subjected too at a young age had left me wretched and unnerved. As a result, I grew up devoid of self esteem, will…
In many African societies, people living with albinism struggle to find social acceptance. In environments pervaded with albino phobia, stigma and negative stereotypes, it is a tall order.There are people living with the condition however who are intent on shedding the negative stereotypes associated with albinos. One of those people is Gerald Byamukama; a 15 year old from Rubirizi district in western Uganda. Many people ill advisedly regard albinism as a handicap, but I prefer to look at it differently, Byamukama says. “Albinism is not a handicap in any kind of way. The only handicap I see is placing limits…
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