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.
For over 24 years, East Timor (now known as Timor Leste) endured a crushing occupation inflicted on them by neighboring Indonesia on the pretext of the fight against communism. The war was brought to a controversial conclusion in 1999. However, trauma from that period lives on as evidenced by the testimonies of Nelson Belo, Gregorio Saldanha and Pascal Oliveira, survivors of the infamous 1991 Santa Cruz Massacre. This film recalls the trauma of Timor Leste on the tenth anniversary of its independence.
Indris Seid Yimer and Emyet Assen Woraki’s lives have been utterly transformed in the last thirty years. In 1984, they, their families and their community were engulfed in famine and devastation, a famine memorably described by BBC journalist Michael Buerk as “the closest thing to hell on Earth.” Set in the Wollo area, the epicenter of the 1984 famine, the film tells their story. Other contributions featured are from people like entrepreneur Samuel Alemu and financier Ermyas Amelga. It also showcases the hauntingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site in Lalibela.
Timber is one of this country’s biggest natural resources and the source of great potential wealth. Hence the existence of wholesale illegal logging, irrespective of the consequences to the local environment. This has led concerned parties to set up the Olancho Environmental Movement. This organization has mobilized to protect these forests, at some risk to its members, like Rene Gradiz, whose testimony is disturbing in the extreme.
Against the seething anger of the people of Jeju, the construction of a naval base on what locals consider the sacred Gureombi Rock on Jeju Island now seems unstoppable. But equally unstoppable, is the sheer determination of the people in this fishing village to continue their resistance. Primarily for use by the United States military, the base will extend U.S. presence in the region and be a thorn in the side of the North Korean regime.