Back in August I met with the minister for international development, Lynne Featherstone, writes Ade Adepitan. She told me about the UN’s millennium development goals and how they were changing the world. They targeted many of the world’s major issues, and the top line was ‘Leave nobody behind’.
Surprisingly, the goals didn’t include anything on disability. The MDGs are due for reassessment in 2015, and Lynne’s aim is to lobby the UN to add disability rights to the goals when they’re re-launched. She asked me to help her with the task.
Even though I was apprehensive, I felt this was a really important thing to do. It’s estimated that around 70 million children in Africa are living with disabilities. 90 per cent of them do not regularly attend schools and they are also more likely to experience violence. It’s easy to see why my parents left their friends and family in Nigeria and believed they had to bring me to the UK so I could have a better life.
Two months afte...
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