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My story: Kazol Rekha

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Opening title - 
End the cycle. of poverty and disability.
A community awareness initiative promoting human rights and empowerment of people with disabilities living in the world's poorest countries.
[People setting-up a set for filming in a village. The whole village is present. A young lady wheels herself into the picture using a wheelchair, she is smiling.] 

My name is Kazol Rekha and I am 23 years old.

In 2003, I had an accident. I fell off a chair and one of my vertebrae slipped and severed my spinal cord. Now I am paralysed.
[Young lady looks anguished as she discusses her paralysis. The film turns to illustrations to show her life story.]

Before the accident my life was good. I was living with my parents and going to school. 
[Illustration of a girl surrounded by her parents and two other men]

And then they both suddenly died. My brothers looked after me and arranged my marriage.
[Parents disappear from the picture, brothers remain. She is married to a man under a floral arch.]

However, after my accident, my husband left me and remarried. It was difficult and painful. I suffered a lot.
[She is alone in a wheelchair under the floral arch.] 

Previously, I was treated with affection by everyone in my family. But that all changed. I was neglected and I became a burden to everyone.
Life became much better for me once I was given my wheelchair. I used to be totally dependent on others but now I can get out and move around.
[Footage of Kazol getting around the village in a wheelchair.]

I received income generation training from a local development agency, in growing vegetables and rearing chickens and ducks then purchased a hand sewing machine and now draw an income by tailoring garments for people in my village.
[Kazol is mending clothe using a hand sewing machine. A client comes in and pays her for her services, then leaves again. Kazol is smiling.]

My house was modified to meet my basic needs, such as sanitation, making safe drinking water and my lavatory accessible. It was also raised to reduce the impact of the floods.
[Kazol goes up to a water pump, she starts using the pump. She then goes back down a accessible ramp in front of a house.]

When it comes to floods and other disasters, people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. There is generally wide-spread panic and in many cases, a person with a disability is forgotten and left behind. So now I am part of a disaster preparedness committee and we've made a list of all people with a disability in our area and we can take immediate steps to locate and evacuate them.
[Illustration of rain becoming a flood. Villagers escaping to higher grounds. A person in a wheelchair is left behind.]

I am also responsible for educating people about hygiene and general health when the waters hit, such as how to protect their food against insects and contamination. Previously I was afraid of the prospect of flooding, but now that we are prepared, I know what to do and I can face it.
[Illustration of the village, ticks appear identifying certain houses.]
[Footage of Kazol moving towards a group of villages and starts engaging them in a discussion. They are working on storing grains and flour.]

Now I am no longer a burden to my family and I am proud that I am a valuable and contributing member of my community.
[Kazol smiles to the camera. The camera and film crew start packing up the film set and leave.]

End credits -
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endthecycle.org.au

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Australian Government 
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End the cycle is an initiative of CBM Australia with support from the Australian Government.

Produced by Room3 for CBM Australia 
Copyright 2012

Kazol Rekha is a young woman living in a village in a flood-prone area of Bangladesh. She was paralysed after an accident severed her spinal cord. In this video she tells about her role on the Disaster Preparedness Committee, making sure people with disability are not forgotten when disaster strikes.

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