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We need to reach out to people in their communities providing love, care and hope.

Dear Isabelle Perrin,

I am a person living with a disability (physically challenged) working for the government at a college in Zambia as a clinical instructor, the institution is run by the Salvation Army.

I have been inspired by your article, Leaving No-one Behind (Letter to Friends N°85). Chikankata is a newly formed district. It's a rural district. In this district there are people with disabilities who are living in extreme poverty and suffering from many deprivations. According to your article the father in La Paz said that he still worried about those that no-one sees, those who are not even included in the poverty statistics. Those are the people we should worry about first.

Kindly allow me space in your magazine to speak on behalf of the rural unemployed disabled persons that are not visible or continue to be isolated, neglected or denied access to basic necessities of life. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. The disabled persons must live dignified lives, secure lives and healthy lives. I appeal to all those with financial muscle, those with instruments of power, position of influence to level the playing field and raise awareness of the discrimination faced by disabled persons. I have been asking myself this question: Would Zambia not have been better had we not supported the liberation struggle for our neighbouring countries? Now I understand why our first Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda did that. He had a big heart for all those that were oppressed. He felt he was not a free man as long as his neighbour was still under a social rule. He had God's love for mankind. I feel the same, equally the fact that I am employed, have a house, am married with children does not mean that I have to close my eyes to the suffering experienced by disabled persons. Your Letter to Friends Around the World is a good voice for the poor and we can add strength to that voice.

People with disabilities lack access to information, means of production, financial and material resources as well as technical knowledge. It's in these areas that we seek information on possible sources of help. What you make possible for others God will make possible for you and in Proverbs 19 verse 17, the bible indicates that he who has pity on the poor lends him the hand and he will pay back what he has given. We need to reach out to those people in their communities providing love, care and hope.

Kind regards

Bosswell M, Zambia

Campaigner for disabled persons' rights