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Patrick Speaks | Unreported World | Channel 4

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    Patrich Otema is 15 years old
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    he was born deaf
    but in this remote region
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    of Northern Uganda, there are no school for deaf children
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    in his whole life, Patrick has never had a conversation
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    Hello. you good?
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    his father, Charles, looks after him
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    they are only able to communicate through very basic gestures
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    we've been sitting here and talking about Patrick in front of him
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    and while he's been watching us
    he doesn't understand what we're saying
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    it feels almost rude
    but this is what Patrick's life is like all the time
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    I'm here with someone who wants to change all that
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    Raymond Okkelo is deaf himself
    and a sign language teacher
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    do you think he could learn sign language?
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    this is pretty much Patrick's existence
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    his father gestures him what he wants him to do
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    and when he's finished, he goes back to his hut
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    to spend the rest of the day on his own
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    Patrick's fate is not unusual
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    the majority of deaf people in Sub-saharan Africa
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    have never been taught sign language
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    unable to communicate with others,
    they're trapped in their own minds.
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    Raymond became deaf as a child after about of malaria
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    six months ago, he traveled to the capital for intensive training in sign language
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    now he returned to his village
    to do something unprecedented
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    he's going to teach the first sign language course ever set up here
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    Raymond, are you nervous?
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    it's 2 o'clock, the first deaf students start turning up
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    and the class begins
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    the course has already started,
    but Patrick hasn't turned up yet
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    and I'm worried his father couldn't convince him to leave home
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    a few minutes later, Patrick arrives
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    Patrick's transformation is amazing
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    it's almost impossible to believe it's the same boy we met yesterday
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    new deaf students keep arriving
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    many have walked miles to be here
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    there's a 9-year-old boy
    and an 80-year-old woman
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    before the end of the class,
    each new student goes to the front
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    the class votes on a new name for them
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    this is now Patrick's sign name
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    and he will use it for the rest of his life
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    he has just been baptized into a whole new world
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Patrick Speaks | Unreported World | Channel 4
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Video Language:
English
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04:25

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