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Nov 12, 2017
Jalalabad: Speech-impaired people protest for rights
Nov 11, 2017 - 16:56
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A number of speech-impaired people on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, demanding their rights.
The special people said 3,000 speech-impaired individuals were registered in their association from the eastern region.
Gathering in front of the governor’s house in Jalalabad, they warned of not moving until their rights were given.
Using hand gestures, the special individuals explained their demands including work and other rights enshrined in the Constitution.
Samiul Rahman, head of the speech-impaired people association in the east, explained their demands in sign language and an interpreter converted his gestures into corresponding speech.
He said officials had long been promising solution to their problems but no practical action could be taken.
“Are we not humans or out of the government framework and the Constitution, if not, then why our rights are long ignored,” he said.
Rahman said the labor and social affairs department was denying to give ‘help-letter for people with disabilities’ to the speech and hearing impaired people.
“Whenever we apply for a job in an office, the people around there befool us”, he said.
Faroq, one of the speech-impaired persons, who has studied up to bachelor’s degree, said he worked as laborer. He said he accepted hard labor hardship to overcome his problems but he could not do so.
“They should at least test us, if we are not able to succeed, then we would not complain, but people make fun when I offer my CV for a job,” he said.
Mohammad Nawab Shirzad, who was interpreting the mute people, said one of his brothers also could not talk. He said his brother studied for 14 years and after high qualification could not find a government job.
The protestors in their resolution letter demanded their rights as per the Constitution. They also sought help from civil society institutes, media and the government.
Governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the problems of the special people would be assessed and then shared with relevant officials.
Not only speech impaired people, but people with other disabilities in Nangarhar also complain about similar problems.
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