a group of children, one with an accordion
George plays the accordion

As the queue for the ballot boxes snakes around the school buildings, the visually impaired children in Kibos Band provide the entertainment. George Mandela plays accordion.

“I love playing accordion in the band, and today it’s going better than ever. It feels very special to play at the Global Vote, a day when we celebrate the rights of the child. It is fantastic that children who have disabilities and children who don’t come together as friends. I’ve never seen that happen before! Those of us with disabilities are discriminated against and excluded. Usually our parents are ashamed of us and don’t let us play with other children. Sometimes you wonder if you are a human being at all. But today, we’re learning about our rights along with children who don’t have disabilities. They see that we are just like everyone else.”
George, 15, Kibos School for the Visually Impaired

TEXT: ANDREAS LÖNN
PHOTOS: KIM NAYLOR

 
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