The arrival of a new baby to the family means a significant change in the lifestyle at all levels: economic and social, as well as the great responsibility placed on the shoulders of the family. At the same time, arrangements and ceremonies have been prepared to receive the new child. Parents painted many dreams in their imaginations about the life and the future of their baby. The joy may become a sorrow and grief moment when the family comes to the realization that their child will be handicapped and they will be forced to suffer with the burden andresponsibilities that increasethe effectof the disabled child in the family on a much larger scale than the effect of the arrival of a normal child.
Amina, a mother of two, was impatiently waiting for the birth of her coming third son. She had dreams and paths that she designed for her sons to fulfill, she even created a road for her unborn child stating that “he will be the doctor in the family”. The due date arrived and Amina gave birth to her third son, Mohammed. Her parents were full of joy because their daughter gave birth to a third male and within their village (Amran), the people prefer to give birth to boys. Sooner or later their enjoyment dissipated when they discovered that Mohammed was born with a hole in his spine that caused intellectual and physical disability, “their child could never talk or walk”.
Amina never gave up and repeatedly told her husband that being pessimistic will not do any good for Mohammed and that they needed to find solutions that will help cure him.She was filled with determination, drive and devotion to help her newborn son. Three months later, her husband passed away leaving all the responsibility of their newborn child on Amina. Her husband’s absence made her weak for awhile but was able to rise up from it and made her even stronger than she was before. Although her neighbors gave her discouraging words, she continued her way. Years passed and she celebrate Mohammed’s fifth birthday and he was still disabled. Before a year she heard about theAl-Haq foundation for Cerebral Palsy. She began to treat her son there. It consumed over two hours for to get the foundation from her home. Amina would leave every early morning with Mohammed and stay within the foundation until late afternoon.
“I will not give up and as long as my son is getting better I will continue,” strongly said Amina.
There was a difficulty she faced, the foundation had no wheelchairs and that made the movements of the disabled children difficult especially for her son Mohammed who was six years old and heavier than the others. It is too expensive to buy one and also the wheelchairs they children needed are not available in Yemen.
As soon as the Islamic Relief Organization donated the foundation with25 wheelchairs and with this the children suffering became less.
Dua’aBhobaish, the orphans and child care department coordinator, said that they received a proposal from the foundation to support them with different things, “we in the Islamic Relief found that the wheelchairs are the most important and we donated to them 25 wheelchairs and 13 surveillance Cameras.”
Asma al-Bana’a said that the disabled people are a part of society and the state should aware people to integrate them into society, not to marginalize them. She said that there are 175 disabled cases in the foundation and most of them are getting better after six months of the treatment.
I wish that the outputs that came up in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) to be that related to this class of people to be applied as soon as they can,” she added.
The Disabled National Union chairman, Othman al-Seloi, said that the NDC approved many decisions for the disabled persons, such as, the establishment of vocational, technical and rehabilitation centers, including the (deaf, retarded, blind, physical and intellectual disability) in all provinces without discrimination, in addition to the establishment of an independent body dealing with persons with disabilities.
“The near future will be better in all levels and the disabled people class are the ones who will feel the change,” he added.