Few choices for Somalia’s disabled amid corona virus fears

Thursday April 9, 2020

Ali Abdi Iman, a disabled father of seven, who begs for a dwelling in Galkayo/Jabril Osman/Ergo

(ERGO) – Ali Abdi Iman, a severely disabled 60-year-old father of seven kids, doesn’t have the luxurious of heeding the recommendation to remain at house to keep away from the unfold of Corona virus.

Day-after-day, Ali goes out on the streets of Galkayo, the place he has lived for 20 years, to beg as a way to survive and hold his household fed.

“My major fear now could be learn how to defend myself from Covid-19,” Ali informed Radio Ergo. “I take advantage of my fingers and decrease physique to maneuver across the market. I’m properly conscious of the necessity to hold my fingers clear, however that’s not attainable for me.”

Life as a disabled beggar presents few decisions. Ali depends on the small notes that folks give him. He accepts the cash, realizing that the general public are suggested to keep away from such hand-to-hand transactions. However what else can he do?

Ali makes round $1 or $2 a day from companies and passersby on the road. It’s barely sufficient to cowl his household’s wants, however he has been surviving like that for a few years. Now he should take care of the added concern of the pandemic. “Solely God can defend us from this factor; it isn’t one thing we are able to see or monitor,” he says.

Dr Abdikarin Abshir Isse, well being coordinator at Galkayo’s workplace of Galmudug Ministry of Well being, mentioned he’s conscious of the issues of individuals with particular wants and disabilities, however resulting from lack of assets the authority can solely deal with elevating individuals’s consciousness basically.

“All of us must do all that we are able to to guard ourselves,” he mentioned.

He suggested individuals like Ali to remain at house or use gloves to guard themselves after they manoeuvre by way of the streets, and to clean their fingers as usually as attainable.

Abdirizak Ahmed Gutale, a 24-year-old disabled pupil, informed Radio Ergo that he suspended his schooling resulting from concern of Covid-19. He was taking programs in English, maths and cellular restore programs at a vocational coaching centre however he stop regardless that the college continues to be open.

“I’ve to crawl on the bottom the place individuals spit and I concern I’ll get contaminated simply by transferring round. In case you don’t have legs, you’re higher off staying at house and forgetting about schooling or no matter ambitions you might have had,” mentioned a downcast Abdirizak.

The Covid-19 scare has additionally pressured him to cease a part-time job at a cellular restore store, as he’s unable to get there now that public transport has grow to be much less frequent resulting from decrease demand.


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