All God’s children

This is the first comprehensive documentary of disabled people in Ghana that I have ever seen. I think Sophie Morgan and her team did excellently capturing the realities that are usually forgotten/hidden.

50:29 – I found the attitude of Mr Denis Secretary of the National Council for People with Disability very promising. To begin with he admitted the council has done nothing to stop the abuse of disabled people – that to me is incredible as often government officials are quick to deny the obvious.

27:31 – Watching Sheriff talking here is a heart breaker, such an articulate young man condemned to be chained because parents thought he had mental health issues.

19:23 – This is true of churches, too much secrecy. A sister who had to take her husband to a church due to mental illness in Nigeria gave detailed information of treatment, usually is chained up and plenty of valium.

41:39 – I have heard this before but to boast of being the one that kills off the disabled kids leaves more question than answer.

45:00 – Not all grim thank goodness centres such as Physically Challenged Action Foundation at Kumasi and Rehabilitation Centre existed to help and give hope to many whose family/community have lost hope on them.

This is all filmed in Ghana, if Ghana is 25 million people, imagine what to uncover in Nigeria Miracle mountains/Witch doctors/Islamic for health centres?

Many thanks Sophie for a raising awareness and for helping.

Sophie is taking a step further to help raise fund to help some of the people in this appalling condition, Here



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17 replies

  1. Ghana is often seen and sees itself as a trail-blazer. If it is bad in Ghana undoubtedly it will be many times worse in Nigeria, as infrastructure and services are even more in short supply for rapidly growing population.
    It is disheartening to know in this day and age such behaviour by those who should know better still exist unchallenged.
    Thanks FK for shining a light on the truth on this matter.

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  2. Far too many people suffer with these things all over the world. Even in the rich USA the mentally ill homeless have so little available to them and the inadequate health care given to disabled veterans of our military service is absolutely disgraceful.

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    • That’s what I heard… and I suppose it is easy to not think about people in this category when they are ‘out of the way’ given everyone has enough of their own to deal with.

      Documentary like this one is a gentle reminder for the advocates.

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  3. I’ve been reading and watching this all day. You struck something in me with this one my President…now I’m not sure if my morning was happy or sad. more like contemplative. Thank you

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    • Ha Queen, I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to cause upset, only to make us pay a little attention. Please cheer up o, it’s Friday 🙂 But I believe the more we see ourselves in the mirror, the more we’ll realise how blessed we are and also to know that our blessings must be shared with others.

      Did you notice that woman who spent so much money to Faith Deliverance centres and her husband leaving her behind? – There again is why women must indeed be involved in all of our decision making, they bear too much of the pains.

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      • I tell you! Too much pain my President. That girl’s cry went in. I don’t know what drug they gave her and it probably made want to go ‘crazy’ or something. It’s epilepsy or seizure, her mum could have taken her to the clinic or something.
        And the young man with impeccable english. Hmmmm

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        • I know, makes one shudder!

          You are right – Epilepsy is still a taboo so people would rather go for spiritual help for lack of better option.
          Yea, that young man is a good example, he probably has bipolar which is likely hereditary and can be brought under control by medication so as to have full meaningful life like his peers, poor guy.
          Even these drugs are not that expensive anymore.

          If we are to rely on local concoction, great but let it be tried and tested.

          I do belief we need more awareness as many people genuinely didn’t know any better.

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  4. Thanks, Folakemi, for sharing this. Things are as bad, if not worse in Nigeria. Enlightenment is urgently needed towards the treatment of the disabled.

    Regards,
    TOLA.

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  5. HI Folia,
    The treatment of the disabled has been a long plight here. However, we have come a long way. Many of the disabled are very talented and can add a lot to society. Some of the more severely disabled are a greater problem because they really do require a lot of help and assistance. We have done a lot to ensure that our sidewalks and buildings are accessible to wheel chairs. This is one more area that will take time but needs a lot of attention.
    Leslie

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