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Introduction to The Silent Horn Foundation

“Be included, not excluded”

Samira Duale

Born in Mogadishu in war-torn Somalia, Samira Duale moved to London as a teenager but that was too late to get the medical help she needed. In Somalia, at the age of 8, Samira’s doctor discovered that she had an infection in her left ear which needed urgent medical attention. But unfortunately, her family was in poverty that they were unable to help to pay for the necessary medical treatment.

“Deaf people are usually regarded by the hearing world as having a lack, a missing a sense. Yet a definition of deaf people based on hearing loss obscures a wealth of ways in which societies have benefited from the contributions of deaf people.”

H-Dirksen L. Bauman and Joseph J. Murray

The Silent Horn Foundation was founded by Samira Duale in 2013. The board, (see Chapter 2), was appointed in 2015 to support Samira Duale’s ideologies for her foundation with formal legal, charitable, governance and management structure. The Silent Horn Foundation is very productive in various factors that is impacting on Deaf communities in Somalia such as; advocacy to Deaf people to allow them to know what their human rights are, awareness campaigning using the social and medical model of disability linked to special needs and deafness of deaf people according to Cameron (2014), community empowerment and education programmes in schools and universities in pursuit of the global eradication of the practice Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Samira Duale (see Chapter 3), has a unique and personal perspective on the practice of Deaf access and her experience, expertise and ambitions enlighten the Silent Horn Foundation’s evolving strategy 2015-2019.

The long-term goal of the Silent Horn Foundation is the establishment of Deaf education in Somalia and ultimately across the region of Africa and globally. It contributes to developing the access to education, public services and empowering Deaf people to have their sign language recognised by the United Nations, World Federation of Deaf and World Health Organisation; Advocacy, Awareness Campaigning, Community Empowerment/Education Programmes; simultaneously and from the unique perspective of the Disability Concept (see Chapter 4).

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