The World Health Organization estimates that there are 650 million people with a disability. This is around ten per cent of the world population. Eighty per cent of them live in a developing country and are below the age of 45.
"The voice of 650 million times one" is a touching documentary about people with a disability in developing countries who keep fighting for a dignified life, despite cultural and social stigma. The film takes you through Asia and Africa and portrays the voice of people with a disability in a dignified and touching way.
The film tells the pathetic story of Pam Le Thuy, a woman from inland Vietnam who faces the task of raising her child despite her physical handicap. She witnesses quite some challenges in life and lives in an environment of discrimination and exclusion. In an admirable way she fights for the rights of people with a disability and runs a foundation for disabled women to share ideas, problems and solutions.
Mary Muthoni Rop, mother of three children, is living in inland Kenya. She is multiple disabled and has become HIV Positive. She witnesses the same stigma as Pam Le Thuy. She has become an activist who openly discusses the difficulties and vulnerability with respect to HIV and AIDS.
(C) VSO - Marijn Poels