Indomitable Abu Jafar!
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, Aug 23: Handicapped Abu Jafar, 24, of Abdullahpur Union in Char Fasson Upazila of the district, wants to utilise his talent.
He is materialising his dream surpassing all obstacles. He has four siblings, and his rickshaw-puller father Khorshed Alam is facing trouble to run such a big family.
Abu Jafar was born naturally in 1995. Later, at the age of four and a half, his two legs became stunted following a typhoid fever. His father could not treat him well due to lack of money.
Abu Jafar was included in the list of people with disabilities since then. As he has been obstructed to lead his life like normal human being, he was forced to be a beggar at the age of seven. But he did not continue begging because of the interference by his mother Bibi Ayesha Begum.
With the help of his aunt, he got admitted at class one in Kulsumbag BRAC School of the upazila. But the headmaster of the school ostracised him mentioning his physical disability. Later, his aunt re-admitted him to the same school by managing recommendation of the wife of the head teacher. He passed fifth class from there, and then passed his SSC and HSC examinations.
Abu Jafar told this correspondent that he studied with great encouragement and inspiration provided by his aunt. He got GPA 3.6 in SSC from Aminabad Hakimia Dakhil Madrasa in 2010, got GPA 2.40 in HSC from Dularhat Ideal Degree College in 2012, and passed degree with a second division from the same college. He is currently studying in Masters at Barishal Government College.
As his rickshaw puller father has now fallen into sickness, the family is facing trouble to earn money. Abu Jafar is now working as a house tutor to help his family as well as running his own education. His younger brothers help him as much as possible, he said.
Abu Jafar also said there is a lot of economic trouble in his family right now. If he does not get a job, then there will be no other way to survive. He is trying to get a government job. If Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gives him a job, he can have a better life with his ailing parents and younger brothers.
Abu Jafar said he dreams to establish a training school for the disabled. He also sought help from local lawmaker Abdullah Al Islam Jacob in this connection.