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Video-clip launch provides objective view of physically-challenged

A video clip giving an objective view of those physically-challenged in society is being launched at Le Meridiens’ Fairouz Hall, Amman, Wednesday on 22 December, 2010. Patronizing the event between 11 o’clock till 1 pm is HRH Prince Raad. Dr Amal Al Nahass, Secretary-General of the High Council of Persons with Physical Disabilities is deputizing for the prince who has long campaigned for the handicapped.

The “Koli Amaal” video clip loosely translated from Arabic “I am all hope” is about a growing physically-challenged teen boy, in his different daily life situations. The background song has been especially developed by Saudi singer Amer Alomair who composed the track especially to underline the case of the handicap in the Arab world.

The clip is produced by the Rahaf charity in cooperation with the Al Majd Satellite Channel and directed by Mohammad Hafeth Jaber with scenario from Marwan Zeinaldin. The clip shows Mohammad video photographed in different social situations: At his family home, in school, among his friends and playing with his friends.

The lyrics of the song by an up-and-coming young Saudi talent who flew especially from his country to help put together the five-minute clip, highlights the plight of those physically challenged and the extent of their abilities through patience and persistence to overcome the challenges they face and difficulties they encounter in their everyday life.

“The video is based on a real story of a mother living with her 15-year-old physically-challanged, day and night, a handicap that has been with him since he was born,” says Rahaf director Kholoud Asmar.

“There must be greater understanding on part of society for these segments who need to be properly cared for, rather than left in the home with many parents feeling ashamed, hiding them away as if they are a sort of an ailment, she points out.

It is precisely to make society more aware of the plight of the handicap, and the fact they can lead a normal functional life in society that the video clip is being shown. Deputy-director of Rahaf, Ibtihal Ahmed says: “We hope many satellite channels will take the video and air it on stations which is a very important way to start changing perceptions towards the handicapped.”

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