Sesethu represents differently abled children. She was born deaf and stands up for vulnerable children’s right to be treated with respect and equality.
Sesethu, 14, grew up in the township of Khayelitsha outside Cape Town. There’s a lot of poverty, violence and crime here, and Sesethu, who is deaf, must always be careful.
– I was born deaf in a village in the countryside, but when I was six we moved here to Khayelitsha because my parents needed to find work. “One day when we were sitting watching a football match on TV in our little house, a group of drunken men started arguing outside on the street. It ended with my dad getting shot and killed. When I was nine, my mum became ill and died. Since then I’ve been living with my grandma. We have a basic little house. There’s no bathroom or anything, but it’s better than many houses here in Khayelitsha.”
At my school, we’ve learned about the rights of the child through The Globe, and I teach other children about their rights. I want to show them and the rest of society that I am equally as important as hearing children and have the same rights as them. If we aren’t given equal opportunities, we feel powerless.”