Monday, February 12, 2007


When you get your citizenship in the country of the disabled, you find yourself in posession of a new collection of cousins, some more closely related, some more distantly. You find you're more interested in all of them, because there are a few family characteristics that you all share, and it's interesting reading about how they're dealing with developments in their own neighbourhoods.

Today there is a very cool photo gallery on the BBC website about the first All-African Amputee Football Tournament, taking place now in Sierra Leone. Most of the participating athletes have lost limbs due to the seemingly endless conflicts and wars on that continent, to gunfire or landmines. All have the disadvantage of living on a continent where first-world ideals of seeing the handicapped as contributing to society, and progressive social programs designed to help that happen, are practically non-existent. So their pride and their accomplishment in winning the respect of their countrymen is even more impressive - and inspiring. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did.




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