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← Patrick Speaks | Unreported World | Channel 4

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Showing Revision 4 created 11/15/2014 by Kieu My.

  1. Patrich Otema is 15 years old

  2. he was born deaf
    but in this remote region
  3. of Northern Uganda, there are no school for deaf children
  4. in his whole life, Patrick has 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 and 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 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 about of malaria
  23. six months ago, he traveled to the capital for intensive training in sign language
  24. now he 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 the class begins
  29. the course has already started,
    but Patrick hasn't turned up yet
  30. and 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 9-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