“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”~nelson Mandela
I can’t imagine being born deaf for even a second, how much more not being unable to communicate with anyone for 15years. This is the true story of Patrick Otema, a teenager Living in silence for 15years in a remote village in Uganda where there were no schools for deaf, nor any developed sign language for him to even hold a conversation with his family.
Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” These wise words manifested in this beautiful story. ‘Amazing’, is all I could say when Patrick smiled after realizing that he was being taught a language to be able to communicate not only with his family, but with his school mates as well. A language which was his language.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” What language are we speaking as Black people to bring as together. It’s been decades and we still have the same issue of ignorance amongst us to separate us; Africans, African-American, Caribbeans, Afro-Latinas etc. What language are we speaking ?
Ugandan deaf boy silent for 15yrs, now Speaks.
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