Opinion

Accept everyone despite disability

By Akol Arop Akol

Love the weak, the sick, the poor and everyone equally because they are in the Image of the Maker of Earth and Heaven. It is common that we love people because of what they have and because of their physical appearance.

Within our family circle and around us, we interact with others because they are beautiful, handsome, healthy and rich. Can we all be perfect?

We must understand that in this World we are facing disease and environmental factors that are harmful and we cannot always be lucky to live healthy. We can get sick or ill anytime.

There also common accidents in towns and wars which erupt and kill people or leave them physically wounded. As our country has been in wars, the fighting caused hunger and uncalled death.

There is also outbreak of diseases and due to lack of resources to follow up medication, our beloved people are easy to perish. Now there are people on streets, others lost hopes and committed crimes which took them to jail, other civilians and soldiers were wounded in fighting and lost some of the body parts. Others have become blind, cripple or deaf during times of war.

These wounded people during wars in the country need special consideration, respect love and care. The question is that ‘Do we love the victims of war?’ and accept them with their man-made disabilities! There are people or group that have no love and respect for the victims who lost their senses organs and body component such as eyes, ears, legs or hands in our own families or in the entire community. Such people are common in our communities, do we accept them and treat them without ignorance, judgement or hate in our hearts?

A story tells us that a certain soldier who went to fight in war was finally coming home to live with his family he longed for. He called his parent on phone and said “Father and Mother, I’m coming back home, but I need your favor please?

‘’Okay tell us son.’’ Parent replied. The soldier continued, “okay I have a friend I would like to bring home with me.’’ The parent got surprised. “sure,” they replied, and said it is okay to have him at their home with the son.

“But There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was wounded badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with me.’’ He explained. ‘’Oh no don’t bring such a person home who is almost kicking the bucket, he will be a burden for us. Let him find somewhere to go.’’ They said. The soldier ended the call and killed himself.

The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told.

The grief-stricken parents were taken to the city mortuary to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their dismay they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

Morally, we have learned that we sometimes don’t love people who have disabilities with pure heart. The meaning shows that the parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who are inconvenience with us or make us feel uncomfortable.

We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. If we South Sudanese love ourselves and love others just like how they are, we will also be smiling with joy.

We are all made in one image and there is no one ugly or badly designed. We don’t have a factor where we manufacture the people of our desire. We must accept our physical appearances, our weaknesses and disabilities.

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