A twenty-six-year-old disabled student in Twic County at Doctor Justine Secondary school asked well-wishers for wheelchair assistance.
December 3rd, marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDP) The day commemorated in many part of the country to reflects a growing understanding that disability is part of the human condition.
Several NGOs calls the Government to avail jobs for persons with disabilities, end discrimination and stigmatization.
The disabled student Ajak Atem Kol Ajak spokes to Mayardit FM in Turalei, Warrap State. He said his legs got paralyzed when he was two years old.
The student said his situation is critical that needs immediate intervention. Ajak conveyed his message during the international day of people with disabilities.
Mr. Ajak claimed that he always crawled for more than twenty-five minutes from home to school. And he was often optimistic about getting help from organizations that supporting people with disabilities.
According to him, some NGOs initially promised him a wheelchair assistant, but nothing materializes.
“I want to be a doctor to help others toppled me was polio disease according to the symptoms my mother used to tell me. I become like this when Ibecamewo years old. My father died in 2017, and immediately, my uncle took responsibility for my school.”
It is difficult for my parents to buy a wheelchair because of limited resources. I have five other siblings, and I am an ender in the family. Additionally, my father is not and responsibilities shoulder at my mother.'”
The communication officer for South Sudan Red Cross in Warrap state, Mr. Tong Alfonse, said his organization always helps people with disabilities with a wheelchair and artificial legs.
He appealed to people with disabilities to register at a nearby Red Cross office for support.
“You can go to the office in Kwajok. You will register and send it to Wau, where you will be given. This is because the Wau office is where the machine for cutting your size is. So, your presence is vital. They need to know whether it is the right leg or left with the problem, for example. You can get them in a day or after two days because it is cut in your presence. They also need to screen you to know which one fits you.”
Based on global estimates of 15% of the world’s population living with disabilities, South Sudan is estimated to have more than 1.2 million people with disabilities. Some wounded during the decades of war.