Omar Koussih will soon be 19. He thinks and – with the help of a special mouse with which he operates the keyboard on the computer screen - writes. Beautifully. Poems (one of them is in the annex), letters, and emails with which he tries to highlight his situation and the fate of the 500 million disabled people around the world.
Since he was born in Rabat, Morocco, he has been suffering from spinal amyotrophy, a muscular disease. At one point, Omar’s parents thought their son would not live beyond adolescence, through lack of appropriate medical treatment. His mother, Faouzia, wanted him to have a normal education. She had no other choice than to quit her job as a civil servant and create a primary school herself, as it was the only way that Omar could be admitted to school…But after primary school. Omar had no other choice than distance learning. His mother has always stood by his side hour by hour to help him.
Rita Lahlou (Morocco, France)