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Blind worker wants to be a role model

Blind worker wants to be a role model

Dec 06, 2016 - 15:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A blind man, who has been working over the past 19 years in orthopedic centre of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), says “disability is not inability and a strong decision can improve life.”

Dilwar Sherzai, sightless in both eyes, was born in 1969 in Pul-i-Khumri city, the capital of northern Baghlan province. He is currently living with his two wives and two sons in Kart-i-Naw neighborhood of capital Kabul.

He caught measles at the age of 14 and the disease led to his blindness because there was no healthinfo-icon facility in Pul-i-Khumri at the time, recalled Sherzai.

Sherzai told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that he observed good behavior with colleagues and clients.

He appears at job at 8:00am everyday. He cleans tables, protects working equipment besides distributing canes to clients as well as packaging canes.  

“I work for eight hours every day and I find necessary things through touching. Despite not having an open working environmentinfo-icon, I continue my work easily like healthy people.”

He said his previous work of hammer work was very hard. He would hit hammer 3,000 times, but now his work is easier as compared to the past one --- just packaging canes.

Sherzai said he was working to show the worldinfo-icon that disabled people could do jobs and to show the disabled people how to cope with life.

“A disabled man is not weak, but strongest and can work like healthy people, even better than healthy people. A disabled can serve people and work efficiently and earn money.”

With a smiley face, the blind man said he was happy with his work and did it wholeheartedly and with sincerity. In case he faced any problem, his colleagues helped him.

Sherzai said his only wish was peace and stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon. He wanted a societyinfo-icon free of violence and where no one get impaired or disabled due to war and fighting.

Mir Ahmad Shah, one of Sherzai’s co-workers, said Sherzai was a responsible, work-loving and good moral person. He said despite Sherzai’s blindness he was able to perform his duty well.

ICRC’s orthopedic centre head in Kabul, Najmuddin Hilal, said every year nearly 10,000 patients were being registered at seven orthopedic centres of ICRC. In 2015 more than 130,000 people benefitted from services of ICRC in seven provinces of Afghanistan.

More than 700 employees have been working at ICRC’s orthopedic centres in the country and most of the employees are disabled who have been working to give other patients courage. Hilal also called Sherzai a friendly, committed and responsible person.



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