In this 18th episode in our series, Around the World with COVID-19 from a Blindness Perspective, we hear from Paul Mugambi in Kenya, Africa. Thus far we have spanned the globe with blind citizens Around the world, from Australia and Malaysia, to the united kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Japan, Seychelles, Columbia, and the United States. . Now we hear a first-hand report from Paul with his unique perspective on how the coronavirus has affected him, his family and disabled persons in general in Kenya.
Paul Mugambi lives in Kenya, on the Easter coast of the continent of Africa. Blind himself, Paul is an active voice for the blind and visually impaired in his country. He describes how the virus has affected his family and him personally, beginning with having to relocate in order to reduce his family’s cost of living. Paul has also lost a close personal friend to the COVID virus. Note: Be sure to listen to an excerpt from a song entitled “I’m on My Lane,” from a recent album of Paul’s in which that friend performs.
In this episode, Paul highlights how the government of Kenya, while working to be more inclusive can do much better in keeping blind citizens informed about plans and actions around Covid-19. He outlines the specific areas in which disabled individuals are not receiving Covid-19 data from the National and county governments indicating that the voices of disabled citizens are not being heard.
As a public policy and diversity and inclusion expert, Paul also notes that a lack of food for disabled individuals is a major challenge, that stems from a lack of employment, no government subsidies and the resulting lack of money with which to purchase food.
Paul brings a new and intriguing perspective on Covid-19 that we have not seen in previous episodes of this series, but which adds depth to our portrait of knowledge of how the Corona virus is impacting our blind and visually impaired colleagues around the world.
As usual, Blind Abilities has inserted news stories to enhance the report and paint a tine-line for you to better understand the sequence of the COVID-19 progression.
special thanks go out to Chee Chau, for his beautiful song and titled wayfarer.
Be sure to tune in to more informative episodes to hear how your BVI counterparts around the world are coping with and adapting to cOVID-19.
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