Handicapped After the Revolution

Collection with 3 media items created by Transterra Egypt ★★★★★

05 Jul 2012 09:00

spending a day with a Handicap person think that the hope comes with the new president ,dream of better future for him and people with special needs , his name is Ramez Abbas , involved in revolution , he send a massage to the new president Morsy , through YouTube Message contains some of the demands for people with special needs.

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The Handicapped Population After the ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
05 Jul 2012

Ramez Abbas, a handicapped blogger, sends a message through YouTube to Egypt's new
president Mohamed Morsy to ask for better conditions and more services for handicapped people in


I'm Ramez Abbas, blogger and executive manager of Sokhna electronic channel for the handicapped
and director of photography El Mosakaf El Youm electronic channel. Eight days ago, I have
filmed a message to Mohamed Morsy, Egyptian elected president, and uploaded it on
YouTube in which I was stating my astonishment towards his neglect for the deaf because
he could either provide Arabic subtitles for his speeches or an interpretation in sign
language. I am an Egyptian citizen and I have the right to understand my president's
speeches. The old regime neglected normal citizens; the new government, however, should
care about the deaf and disabled since they were meeting with them during their election
campaigns. In Egypt, there are 5 million deaf people, so how are they government going to
deal with them? The absence of subtitles or sign language interpretation on the state TV is a
proof of their neglect to 5 million deaf citizens in Egypt. In my video message, subtitles come
on the top of my demands to tell us what Dr Morsy is saying, and to whom he's speaking,
who is he thanking and what he is planning to do. Also I have asked for sign language
interpretation because there are the deaf, who are illiterate and would not be able to read
subtitles; that is due to problems in the educational system because they do not prepare
them to deal with the community and they communicate with them in sign language. How
could we exist not understand you? There is no communication for us in the community
we're living in. Morsy's election campaign did not care about providing subtitles for the deaf.
Some of Ikhwan (Muslim brotherhood party) leaders, who are not supposed to speak for the
president since he is no longer in the Muslim brotherhood party, and they said they would
help me get in touch with the main office of the campaign and they indeed sent the video
message but a day later they said they couldn't do anything about it because Morsy quit the
Brotherhood party and is no longer part of it. I'm not optimistic because he was part of such
a powerful organization like the MB party and then he quits only for being told so, it is not
comprehensible. The 5 million deaf citizen need to feel that the coming president has a
place for them in his agenda. We have very simple demands and dreams, we want to be able
to communicate so we can know what to say and we need jobs that qualify with our
abilities. Later on we would have more dreams but first we need these two demands
because they are the basic of our rights. Dr Morsy could respond to our wish to meet up
with him as a deaf community but unless he includes a clear image and plan of how he is
willing to handle our problem and show respect to handicap then state institutions would
follow his lead and ignore us like what happened during Mubarak's regime when Mubarak
neglected the people, all the state institutions did the same. If Morsy neglects us, we will be
totally neglected by his government as well and no minister would think about helping us
because he is the role model. In my video, I told him he was the role model in terms of politics and if he a strong political will, people will follow his lead. According to the last
report of World Health Organization, handicap in Egypt are 11 millions persons and some
reports say they are more than that. Egypt's coming president must respect the 11 million
citizens and their families who are a large voting bloc and respect the values of citizenship;
and people should understand the meaning of the values of citizenship and know that a
citizen has duties to make once he is given his rights. People with special needs in Egypt
have many problems and one of these problems is the transportation and challenges he
faces walking in the street; transportations should be equipped with what is necessary to
suitable for people with special needs. Pavements are a big obstacle for most of handicaps
who usually move alone; if a disable person is on a wheel chair, he cannot move easily because he
needs 4 persons to carry the chair to the pavement and they usually don't exist to help.
There is no consciousness to know how to deal with them. We have problems in
transportation, communication, work and medical insurance. Medical insurance is very
important and it doesn't exist; take me for an example, I don't have medical insurance and if
I get sick, I will not be able to go to a hospital, I will stay at home until I die. There must be a
full medical insurance plan and they say that it is provided to those who work for the
government. Jobs are not provided by the government and it is their problem to resolve this. The main problem is the right of citizenship because being a citizen should provide me with all
my rights. Fears of handicap in Egypt are like fears of the rest of Egyptians because we all
suffer from the same problems. The future is foggy. We need a strong parliament with
political will so it can produce a conscious population. The main problem for handicap is the
lack of respect of law; there are laws regarding citizenship, when an Egyptian woman
marries a foreigner and she gives birth to a handicapped child, he is not given citizenship because unlike normal people he would be a burden on the community and the state. Other laws
consider deaf people as incomplete or lacking cure so when they go to the civil registration
office he needs a court sentence that takes up to 3 months to be issued in order to enable
him to make an authorization to someone. We have made an authorization to one of our
colleagues Dr. Hanan and I did not have to get a court sentence because although I am deaf,
I can speak so I did not have a problem unlike others. We try to fix any problem when we
face one. I hope that in the future, all NGOs and countries who promote human rights to
help people with special needs in Egypt to have equality and citizenship and have a healthy
and conscious population.

"Are you optimistic?" We are all optimistic.