"I saw life for the first time. With disability, this is not the end of life... I am free now."

We met with Eno to hear about his childhood, his injury and how disability has affected his life in Uganda.

“From childhood, I grew well,” he told us. “Education was challenging but I managed it through. I was once a refugee in the Sudan – when I was around 13 to 15 years old. I was around 20 when I came back in 1987. I don’t really remember the ages well.

 “When I went to the Sudan, I was with my mother. My father was around 150 kilometres away and remained where he was. But me and my mother went deep into the countryside to a refugee camp in southern Sudan.

“When I came back to Uganda, I came alone. I thought that if I came back to Uganda, I would have a better education. A year later, many other people came back too – but of course, they were running. The rebels were fighting. The refugees were cut off from aid so they came back and we were all reunited.”

But in 2001, I had an accident. From that time up until now, challenges are great but I am putting up with it. At least now I am a bit stronger.

“It happened because I’m a carpenter and joiner. I was climbing up to do a bit of repair on the roof. I lost my balance and came down on my feet. The pressure caused fractures and that was it! I fractured T12 and never got up on my legs again.”

 “Immediately after the accident, I got rushed to hospital where I stayed for almost four months. I was so helpless. I really didn’t know what to do.

“When I was able to sit on a wheelchair, I was able to push myself around and sit outside. But with time, and with pressure, I found that I was getting pressure sores and could not really manage them properly. They become worse and would not heal. I was really having trouble – I was so delicate.”

“I left the hospital with a three wheeler, locally made. It was stiff and you had to sit on a very tough cushion. I used it for some months but then later a friend of mine came from Germany. He had imported wheelchair with the intention of giving it away to someone in need. Seeing me in my wheelchair, he said I should have it.

It had canvas seating without a cushion. I would sit on it and use it, and it was not as tough as my old cushion but it was still hard. It caused me to develop pressure sores. I improvised a cushion with some foam – it was just like a pillow but it did not prevent sores.

“When Fred from Motivation came, he showed some of us new wheelchairs and thought it would be good to involve us in Motivation projects. The training was so interesting – they showed us some films and the teaching was really nice. I saw life for the first time. With disability, this is not the end of life. I got really opened up from that time and have had no problems. I am free now.

“This wheelchair is the best. Why? It is well-balanced, it is faster… I have no challenges. I can even go in very rough places now. This is the best wheelchair. It is very well designed – I don’t know how you did it!

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 “Our main challenge here in Uganda has been wheelchairs,” Eno told us. “There are many that are of bad conditions. I feel everyone should have a better wheelchair; they give us courage.”

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