International Day of People with Disability

On December 10, 2015, the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Asmara celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by showing the film “Emmanuel’s Gift.”  Twenty eight physically challenged people attended the program.  The film is about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who was born in rural Ghana in 1977 with a missing right tibia, or shin bone, so that he only had the use of one leg -yet, he rode through Ghana on a bicycle.  The film documents how Emmanuel’s journey is transforming life not only for himself and 2 million disabled people in Ghana, but how he inspires abled and disabled people around the globe.  The film was so uplifting and encouraging, that some of the participants were crying and some unabashedly clapping at his success.  Chief of Mission Louis Mazel, welcomed the participants and made a brief speech on the importance of the IDPwD and highlighted the contributions of disabled people, including President Rooselvelt.  He underscored how the US government works to promote the rights of the people with disabilities, including here at the US Embassy Asmara where we are building a ramp to provide easy accessibility to the Consular Section.  He also encouraged those present to apply for jobs at the Embassy.  At the end of the session small gifts were offered to the participants.