By A. Omaska Jallah
Discrimination against people living with disabilities is something that has spilled across the Liberian society, even though they have their rights like any other Liberians to have the necessary treatment and care, but that has not been the case in most instances.
Gabriel Soh, 57, disabled living in Ganta City, Nimba County and a statistician at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has broken silence on discrimination against disables in Nimba County.
“The discrimination against us has gone as far as work places, even with good education, it is difficult for us to be accepted on jobs whenever any of us applied with the requisite qualification,” he said.
According to Soh, he has been heartbroken three times because of his condition as a man living with disability. “I am a handsome man, but due to my condition, my wives on separate times left me with eleven (11) children.”
Explaining his ordeal as to how his past wives left him, Soh said his first wife walked out of the relationship, and left him with four children on grounds that his condition could not allow him to sustain the home.
“My second wife left me with our three children, claiming that she wanted to get involved with God and such activity could not permit her to stay with a man, but of late I realized that she is currently married and over three years now, she has not come to look at her own children. It was actually because of my condition.” he narrated.
Soh, who is the spokesperson for people living with disability in Nimba County, said his third wife who was so much in love with him, left because she was under serious family pressure until she had to take rat poison to destroy the pregnancy she had for me, adding that the pregnancy was never destroy and she give birth to the child who, he said is deformed.
Soh said the issue of accessibility to disables is very important. He called on the government to support and provide free education for physically challenged.