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The 12 Hot Topics Of 2018: Disability

January 3, 2019

In a round-up of the 12 hot topics of 2018, the Guardian recently included this section on disability:

The British and Kenyan governments co-hosted the world’s first global disability summit, designed to highlighted the lack of funding to support people with disabilities and to end discrimination.

People with disabilities continue to face stigma. The photographer Kate Holt witnessed the struggles people face when she visited Kenya. She met Deborah Mmonga from DRC, who has been disabled from the age of nine, and fled the fighting with her five nieces and nephews after her sister died. We also highlighted claims of abuse of children with disabilities in orphanages, where they are sent to escape violence at home.

But amid the hardships came stories of hope. In Burkino Faso, Wendabo, a 12-year-old girl born with a rare genetic condition that affects limb development, spoke about defying the odds to go to school.

On Global development’s Small Changes podcast, launched this year, we heard from Eddie Ndopu, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was two and went on to become the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford University. He’s now a global ambassador for humanity and inclusion. We also heard from Christophe Oulé, who rebuilt his life after he lost his sight.

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