Physically Challenged Community Decries Lack of Support, Wants Govt.’s Intervention


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[et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]Several members of the physically challenged community have alarmed over the government’s alleged abandonment, and want authorities to initiate programs that will exclusively cater to their welfare.

The group, many of whom are visually impaired, alleged that over the years, past and president governments had failed to address their concerns, terming it as discrimination.

The group noted that despite several cries and appeal for support, their concerns are yet to be addressed. Speaking to KMTV over the weekend, Peter Teah said the situation has reduced them to mere streets beggars.

“If we don’t come here every day to beg other people how will we eat and sustain our families at home?

“We don’t feel good begging whole day in the streets, but as you can see no one is coming to help us not even the government,” Mr. Teah said.

He maintained that the lack of support towards the sector has further increased suffering at their various homes. Teah, therefore, wants the government and other international organizations to build centers in all counties to cater to people living with disabilities. He said the centers if constructed by the government, will also provide vocational and life skills programs, while also serving as a shelter for them.

Peter Teah is also recommending to authorities of government to ensure that both private and public entities provide slots exclusively for people living with disabilities. He believes that if members of the physically challenged community are employed and empowered, it will hugely break the chain of dependency syndrome and create a free space for everyone.

Also speaking, Madam Miata Sackie said members of the community will continue to experience hardships if concrete steps are not taken to address the situation.

Sackie, whose blindness, according to her began at childbirth, said over the years governments have continued to play deaf ears to their cries.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]

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