Emmanuel's Gift

Emmanuel's Gift

DVD - 2005
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Ghana is not a good place to have a disability--parents either poison their disabled children, or leave them to die in the forest--it's called "seeing off." At best, the disabled are expected to be beggars. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was born with one deformed leg, which led his father to abandon his mother. Until her early death, she championed her son, enrolling him in school and taking him to various doctors searching for a cure. Her encouragement proved long lasting, as this documentary tells how Emmanuel became a successful amputee athlete. Today, he works to bring political and social change to Ghana's disabled.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : First Look Home Entertainment, c2005.
Branch Call Number: GV709.3 E46 2005
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 01, 2012

Emmanuel is a one in a million person who overcomes being born disabled by a shriveled leg. In Ghana disabled people a shunned because they are considered bad luck and evil. They are forced to beg in the streets to survive. Yet this young man goes on to be a national hero in his country levering this success and gaining attention in America where he is given a prosthesis.

Instead of resting on his laurels or staying in America he returns to fight for the rights of the 2 million disabled people in his home country.
His achievements lead to him being compared to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu as a hero for the African Continent.

Aug 27, 2011

Very inspirational! A story about a hero that lives today, in Africa, from the most humble of beginnings. Everyone should know about Emmanuel!

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