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Not Disabled, but Having Special Abilities

Not Disabled, but Having Special Abilities

Living with disabilities does not mean being disabled. In fact, they can be more optimistic and vigorous than others. Some of Afghan ministers and elites are also living with disabilities.

 

In war-torn Afghanistan, bazaars are dominated by armless beggars lying on hot asphalt, pedestrian path by men sitting next to plastic legs waiting for alms or handicapped street children crawling on the ground. Millions of landmines still scatter the country, besides rocket, bomb blast, gun fire, malnutrition, until polio virus, all of which caused a high number of people living with disabilities in Afghanistan. But it’s not the end of story. The ICRC hospital in Kabul produce free artificial limbs personally-sized for each of the victim so one may innitiate a new, hopeful life. The  hospital, with most of the staffers and doctors living with disabilities themselves, provides the most approriate care needed by the patients with disabilities. Besides health assistance, the hospital also provides microcredit programs so the beneficiaries can survive integrating to the society and living a normal life.

 

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About Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. Agustinus started a “Grand Overland Journey” in 2005 from Beijing and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed three years in Afghanistan until 2009. He is now a full-time writer and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. agustinus@agustinuswibowo.com Contact: Website | More Posts

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