Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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It was a straightforward request. One of our British subscribers explained that she had a disability and wondered what the lives of persons with disabilities in the Majority World were like. Would NI consider doing an edition about it?

It made immediate sense. Most mainstream coverage about people with disabilities living in the global South seemed to zoom in on particular projects or 'heroic' individuals. There was little about day to day life. It was mostly ventriloquistic, talking for the disabled' rather than letting people speak for themselves.

For me the challenge was quite different. How could one hope to portray the myriad issues that matter to diverse groups of people from different backgrounds with any semblance of coherence? Even within the disability movements there are concerns about who gets to have their say. …

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