Living With Disabilities In the Developing World | KCET
Living With Disabilities In the Developing World
According to the World Health Organization, more than a billion people or 15 percent of the world's population experience a disability. And as the world's population ages, that figure is set to rise. A staggering 80 percent of this population lives in developing countries, where services are generally inadequate to meet their needs.
Despite a robust disability rights movement and a shift towards inclusion, stigma and discrimination continue to mark many disabled people's lives.
Sierra Leone is officially Ebola free. But memories of the disease and the devastation it caused are still fresh. The country will have to deal with the consequences for many years to come.
Ghana has become one of the world's digital dumping grounds, where the West's electronic waste piles up — hundreds of millions of tons of it every year.
Brutal, overcrowded and violent. This is the reputation of South American prisons. And with good reason. “When I came here I was shaking. All anyone knew about the place were the massacres. There were people who’d cut your head off without fear. It was the law of the jungle. As soon as you entered you were told: see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing.” But change is coming to El Salvador’s prisons. Slowly. Yo Cambio. I change.
After forty-two years of autocratic rule, the relief was palpable. At last the nightmare was over. “I saw the people on the streets rejoicing. I asked them what’s going on and they told me Muammar Gaddafi is dead. With joy, I got out of the car and started dancing with the people. and screaming God is the Greatest. The tyrant is dead. The tyrant is dead.” Winning the war is one thing. Winning the peace is another. With that Libya is really struggling.
Caracas, Venezuela: One of the most urbanized cities, in one of the most urbanized countries, in one of the most urbanized regions of the world. “In Venezuela, we have in particular a history of environmental disasters, of dwellings that are dangerously unstable because of the rains. Every year, the effects of the rains are catastrophic for the poorest people. That’s why the right to housing enshrined in our constitution now vindicates the right of citizens, to decent housing independent of their economic circumstances, or their social class”.