UNICEF and partners support disability rights for children and families in Burkina Faso



Asseta Djatin, now 32, was born here in Burkina Faso’s capital. She was a happy and healthy child until she fell ill at the age of six.

“I can remember one day lying on my back and not being able to get up in the morning,” she recalls. “I called out to my mother, who came to help me.”

Ms. Djatin’s parents did not understand the cause of her illness. They began to give their daughter traditional medicine in an attempt to cure her affliction. When there was no improvement, they took her to a clinic, where she was diagnosed with polio. The disease had led to irreparable paralysis in both of her legs.

“When I was younger, I used to see my older brothers and sisters leave the house to play,” says Ms. Djatin. “I used to pray to God to give me new legs so I could run and play with children of my neighbourhood, and attend school like them. It made me feel sad and frustrated.”

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