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Published on January 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version


By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

After reading the UNICEF 2013 study on special needs and disabilities
I am left with many queries
Do insurance companies insure people with disabilities?
Are they entitled to special polices?
It seems to me they give out currencies based on
Loss of part of anatomies and life expectancies
Maim, and loss of extremities
Insurance after all does offer remedies
When people suffer casualties
Insurance in layman terms means, “When stuff happens”
We need to re-examine the premise upon which their policies are written
It seems to me they are capitalist driven

What about social security
Since there has been talk about disqualifying some elderly
Because they are believed to have support from their family
Hell, man, I served my country in various capacity
Then to top it off SSB has been giving loans to Zabaneh
Are they taking me for a ride because of my disability?
I have already worked for my pension and gratuity

They found out I got an electric wheel chair
To help with my mobility
Now they have taken away my little benefits from social security
People like me need a special attorney
They have taken away my little money
My dignity, monies I was depending on to turn over and feed my family
Now they want to change the pension age to sixty
What about medical opportunities
Are our hospitals equipped for people with disabilities?
Are our people with disabilities a part of the GoB priorities?

I wonder if there is a conspiracy
To simply dismiss those with no or poor mobility
The visually and hearing impaired
When I lost my legs I was totally unprepared
Now I feel weird but just as I have feared
My country is not prepared

The disability population is growing
GOB best start preparing
They need to take a break off the hustling
Start bring storming, analyzing, reforming
Their backwardness is alarming and depressing
People with disability need to start advocating
For improvement of their standards of living
For some reason those in power don’t
Think their time is coming.
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