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If There is Hope, There is No Disability

If There is Hope, There is No Disability

Many people are forced to abandon their dreams and lives to fight against the challenges caused by wars, conflicts, and disasters. This process is much harder for people with disabilities. Nonetheless, if there is hope, trust and effort, the challenges can be overcome. Ibrahim’s story is a good example of this.

Ibrahim (36), who started working in the field of art after studying history at Lattakia University was forced to leave his country while working in the cultural center as a Manager. He is one of the people who has been able to overcome the challenges despite his disability with his belief in himself, the support of his family and the Turkish Red Crescent.

Ibrahim came to Turkey to live a safe life with his wife, mother, and father and has been living in Turkey for 3 years while attending Turkish courses at the Turkish Red Crescent Mersin Community Center financed by European Union.  

“While a year ago, I wasn’t able to get out of my house and thought that there was nowhere I could go, I can now socialize thanks to the people in the Community Center, live comfortably and peacefully.”

Ibrahim, who is unable to walk due to his physical disability says that both Mersin, where he lives, and the Turkish Red Crescent are disabled-friendly for him; “I am grateful to the Community Center. We have been together at every step since I came here. While a year ago, I wasn’t able to get out of my house and thought that there was nowhere I could go, I can now socialize thanks to the people in the Community Center, live comfortably and peacefully.” 

 

“It is very nice that there is a wheelchair ramp, an elevator and an accessible toilet in the Community Center. It is a huge advantage for me. I needed an air bed and a catheter due to my condition. Community centers provided these within the scope of Special Needs Fund (SNF). Now I am receiving physiotherapy.”

Ibrahim also adds that Mersin is a very comfortable city to live for people with disabilities, “I came to this interview on my own for the first time. I come here by minibusses that are specially designed for people with disabilities. It is a huge advantage for us.”

“We are like siblings here. I would like to thank Caner teacher and Emel teacher very much.”

Ibrahim’s family also attends Turkish courses and shares the same feelings. His 66-year-old father comes to the Community Center almost every day. He practices Turkish and socializes. He states that he gets along with the teachers very well; “We are like siblings here. I would like to thank Caner teacher and Emel teacher very much.”