Free World - September 15, 2021

Meet award-winning disability activist @eddiendopu from South Africa. “When I …


Meet award-winning disability activist @eddiendopu from South Africa.

“When I could no longer pursue the dream of being an artist because my hands became too weak to hold a pencil, I needed to dream a new dream, and I realized that that is, in itself, a gift, to be able to pivot and change direction and ask yourself, what else? I still have my spirit. I still have my mind, and I still have a deep desire and yearning for an extraordinary life. And I still want to be of service to humanity and the world.”

Diagnosed at age two with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare degenerative condition, and given only five years to live, Eddie is now 30 and has dedicated his life to ensure that the voices of those at greatest risk of being left behind are amplified and heard worldwide. In 2019, he was appointed by UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres as one of 17 advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals.

In an inspiring conversation on our podcaste ‘Awake At Night’, he talks to UN Global Communications chief @melissarfleming about the difficult daily challenges he has faced throughout his life, especially during the pandemic. He also shares his big dream: to be the first physically disabled person in outer space and to address the UN from there.

Regram: @melissarfleming: | 📸: UN Photo; Humanity and Inclusion (2019)



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