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← Patrick Speaks | Unreported World | Channel 4

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Showing Revision 2 created 11/14/2014 by Wouldn't you like to know?.

  1. Patrick Otema is 15 years old.
  2. He was born deaf,
    but in this remote region
  3. of northern Uganda, there
    are no schools for deaf children.
  4. In his whole life,
    Patrick's never had a conversation.
  5. Hello, you good?
  6. His father, Charles, looks after him.
  7. They are only able to communicate
    through very basic gestures.
  8. We've been sitting here talking
    about Patrick in front of him,
  9. and while he's been watching us,
    he doesn't understand what we're saying.
  10. It feels almost rude, but this is
    what Patrick's life is like all the time.
  11. I'm here with someone
    who wants to change all that.
  12. Raymond Okkelo is deaf himself
    and a sign language teacher.
  13. Do you think he
    could learn sign language?
  14. This is pretty much Patrick's existence.
  15. His father gestures to him
    what he wants him to do,
  16. and when he's finished,
    he goes back to his hut
  17. to spend the rest of the day on his own.
  18. Patrick's fate is not unusual.
  19. The majority of deaf people
    in Sub-Saharan Africa
  20. have never been taught sign language.
  21. Unable to communicate with others,
    they're trapped in their own minds.
  22. Raymond became deaf
    as a child after a bout of malaria.
  23. Six months ago, he traveled to the capital
    for intensive training in sign language.
  24. Now he's returned to his village
    to do something unprecedented.
  25. He's going to teach the first
    sign language course ever set up here.
  26. Raymond, are you nervous?
  27. It's 2 o'clock, the first
    deaf students start turning up...
  28. ..and class begins.
  29. The course has already started,
    but Patrick hasn't turned up yet.
  30. I'm worried his father
    couldn't convince him to leave home.
  31. A few minutes later, Patrick arrives.
  32. Patrick's transformation is amazing.
  33. It's almost impossible to believe
    it's the same boy we met yesterday.
  34. New deaf students keep arriving.
  35. Many have walked miles to be here.
  36. There's a nine-year-old boy
    and an 80-year-old woman.
  37. Before the end of the class,
    each new student goes to the front.
  38. The class votes on
    a new name for them.
  39. This is now Patrick's sign name,
  40. and he will use it
    for the rest of his life.
  41. He has just been baptized
    into a whole new world.