Cameroon like many African countries still consider disability a curse and children with disability are often abandoned. These persons roam the streets as beggars and are often denied their basic human rights such as access to education among others. Some live in deplorable conditions and yet no support from the communities in which they live.
However, there are a few exceptions like Muluh Hilda Bih. She was blessed with a strong family support system. An environment full of love and encouragement that motivated her to chase her dreams. Hilda was diagnosed of muscular dystrophy at age 4, and as she grew older, she gradually lost the ability to use her legs. This made her siblings take turns in carrying her to school. With an incredible voice, Hilda pursued a career in journalism and became a radio present at the Cameroonian national radio (CRTV). Even at this stage, her family was there to support her by helping her get to work and shuttle between buildings.
However, Today, Hilda’s condition has deteriorated and she has lost the use of her hands as well and as such can’t do much without assistance. Still full of hope, she looks beyond her condition and refuses to be defined by it. She is continuously looking into herself and finding her inner abilities to make the most out of life.
Among the many talents is her ability to paint and though her hands nor feet can’t be of help, she uses her mouth to get it done.
Bih Hilda is synonymous to hope for all other persons with disabilities in Cameroon. She uses her golden voice as an activist for disability rights. She is also the founder of the Esther Project, that provides mentorship and empowerment to young girls and women in Cameroon. Hilda Bih is an inspiration beyond Measure! Looking at Hilda, you would say, truly, God doesn’t need what you do not have to bless you.
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