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After 29 years of crawling, polio victim climbs mobility cart

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Tuesday September, 15 was a day of joy for Aisha Usman, a crippled 30 years old woman who has been on motion using her both hands with her dangling thin legs attacked by polio 29 years ago. When Aisha was listed among the beneficiaries of mobility cart given to disabled people in Bauchi State by Bruder Hilfe Sozial Development Initiative, she cried while recalling a long time hardship and denial from her society.

Before receiving the cart, Aisha was seen creeping at the distribution venue with her 2 year-old-girl but was uplifted to a new walking cart in joy. She said: “In my 29years of crawling, I never thought of things like this coming on my way. I was affected by polio when I was 1 year old. I grew up crawling and since then things have been so hard.

“The society is not friendly to us: we face more stinks while using public toilets, crossing the roads and the challenge of climbing upstairs. I’m not the type who beg on the street but all I want is to be considered fit and a good mobility cart, at least to move round to vend for my family –which I have gotten.”

Aisha thanked the donor NGO for changing her life.

While speaking with Our Correspondent, the President of a Germany based, NGO, Bruder Hilfe Sozial Development Initiative, Mrs. Mary Bamigbe Bruder said she is partnering the State Government to cushion the hardship been faced by physically challenged persons in the State.

She said “This is our first phase of intervention in Bauchi State, covering a total of 90 beneficiaries carefully selected by the Government. Subsequently, our other interventions will focus on health and education. A lot of these beneficiaries are victims of polio and they have suffered in life.

Meanwhile, Governor Mohammed has assured the physically challenged persons of better days ahead. He said to achieve the desired objectives, he would constitute Board of Agency for persons with disability.


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