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Wadud, Deaf Bangladesh Leader
Image Description: Screen shows text, “End the Cycle of Poverty & Disability. A community awareness initiative promoting the human rights and empowerment of people with disabilities living in the world’s poorest countries.” Video shows a rapid flurry of scenes in which people are moving around in the outdoors. It shows a group of school boys who wear matching school uniforms. Then it shows more adults outdoors, interacting with each other. We see a crew helping Wadud prepare to be on camera. Then we see Wadud sit down, facing the camera. Behind him is a artistic image of trees, with the message “my name is Wadud.” He speaks in Bangladesh Sign Language.
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Transcript: “My name is Wadud and I am 40 years old. After my birth, I was affected by typhoid and I became deaf.”
[Video shows urban scenes of many buildings crowded together. We see Wadud walking in front of a a place with many large metal boxes and other metal equipment.]
Wadud’s family business
[Wadud continues] “Nowadays, I am involved with the family business. It is a metal factory and we make trunks and other containers.” [Wadud enters inside, and sits down where two other men are also seated.] “Usually I go to the factory at nine o’clock and I come home around nine or ten, when we close.” [We see various men working on metal containers.] “On Friday, we work a half-day.
“I am not involved with hammering, but I supervise others in the workshop.” [We see Wadud walking among the men as they work.] “For example, I ensure the measurements are correct to the customers’ specifications.” [We see Wadud measuring a container while a man continues hammering on the container.] “I supervise the staff to make sure they are working the proper way.” [Wadud gives a “thumbs up” sign of approval to a worker.]
Role of Wadud as Deaf Bangladesh leader
[Next, we see Wadud seated again, narrating to the camera.] “In 2005, we established our self-help advocacy group called Saidpur Deaf Club.” [We see a large group of men and women seated in a circle on the grass.] “We meet every Friday. During the meetings, we discuss different issues.” [The people in the circle are signing to each other, though we do not see a full conversation.]
“For example, if a member is facing problems within the family or in the neighborhood, we discuss it between ourselves and also include others who may be involved.” [We continue to see the group signing among themselves. We see Wadud signing to a woman seated on the grass next to him.]
“As I have had training with a local NGO, I have some understanding about disabilities and what rights we have and how to make others aware of those rights.
Challenge in accessing safe space for club
“There was some unused space on government land. We thought we could set up our club there with permission. When we tried to use that place for our meeting, the members of the Rickshaw Pullers Union became angry with us. And with the support of the local police, they beat us and threw us out. So we tried to raise the issue in the community and tried to resolve it by talking to people. But they laughed at us and thought it was funny.
“A few days later, a government minister was here in the town. Our group barricaded his way and lay down in the street. He asked what was happening and why we were doing this. We told him of the situation through an interpreter. He informed us that we will get that place and that no one will ever bother us again.
“After that, we used that place, and until now everything has been OK.
Wadud dreams for the Bangladesh deaf community
“I have several dreams. First that we the deaf people of Saidpur have an opportunity to learn standard sign language.” [We see Wadud inside a shop, gesturing with two store clerks for communication.] “It is difficult to communicate with other deaf people as we use local sign. So we are thinking of arranging some sort of training, which will help our communication with others.
“At the same time, I am thinking about establishing a school for deaf children. I realize that education is very important, but deaf children do not often get the opportunity to get involved with education. I want them to have the same opportunities as others so they can develop and grow as it should be. If my dreams become fulfilled, nothing will make me happier than this.”
[We see Wadud in his chair again. A large poster behind him now says, ‘Join the movement to: End the Cycle of Poverty & Disability’ and it provides a web address, endthecycle.org.au‘. Wadud stands up and walks off screen. Now we see an empty white screen with the web address endthecycle.org.au, the logo for CBM, and the logo for the Australian Government AusAID. The screen fades out, the video ends.]
Wadud is a deaf leader in Bangladesh. Watch as he explains his work at a metal factory, which is his family’s business. Also watch as he explains his role in a local self-help organization, the Saidpur Deaf Club.
Wadud speaks in Bangladesh Sign Language. For some narration, there is only the interpreter speaking in voice-over without seeing sign language. But the video has captions in English for the full length of the video.
CBM produced this video as part of their “End the Cycle” series of videos on disability and poverty. They published the video in 2012.