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Patrick Speaks | Unreported World | Channel 4

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    Patrick 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 schools for deaf children.
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    In his whole life,
    Patrick's 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 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 to 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 a bout 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's 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 class begins.
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    The course has already started,
    but Patrick hasn't turned up yet.
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    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 nine-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:
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