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Inclusive education in West Africa: first step towards the inclusion of children with disabilities

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Since 2012, Handicap International has been improving the school enrolment and attendance of 170,000 children with disabilities in nine West African countries through the “Promoting the Full Participation of Children with Disabilities in Education” (APPEHL) project. Sandra Boisseau, who coordinates APPEHL from Dakar, Senegal, explains what the organisation is doing to remove obstacles to education for these children.

Bénédicte Leguezim is visually impared. She is 12 years old and studies in 5th grade in Loma Kolide.

Bénédicte Leguezim is visually impared. She is 12 years old and studies in 5th grade in Loma Kolide. | © Studio Cabrelli / Handicap International

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Hope at Last: Malyun's Story in Kenya
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Hope at Last: Malyun's Story in Kenya

Malyun, now 18, grew up in Somalia. At the age of five, she was playing with her friends in a field near her home when she swallowed an unknown metal fragment. She immediately fell to the ground. When her father came to her aid, he tried to hold her hand to make her stand, but her legs would not hold. The family sought medical treatment in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, but all treatments failed. They were then sent to Kenya for further specialist treatment. It was on arrival at the hospital that Malyun was diagnosed with lower limb paralysis.

Accessing education, against all odds
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Accessing education, against all odds

Kassim Mohammed, 14, is a Somali refugee living in Dagahaley camp in Daadab, Kenya. His daily life is not always easy, but Kassim also faces a different situation from other refugees his age, as he is visually impaired and has a disability in one leg! Despite this, Kassim shows determination and goes to school every day, where he is now in grade 7.

Living with paralysis, Imani opens store in refugee camp
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Living with paralysis, Imani opens store in refugee camp

Imani, 29, lives with her mother and five siblings in Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she had to flee the country because of numerous raids against her tribe. Unfortunately, during her journey she was involved in a traffic accident that caused a spinal cord injury, paralyzing both her legs.