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Hiwa brings hope to people

  • 2023-02-19
Hiwa brings hope to people
Hiwa Abdul Rahman, 49, has been fixing bikes for the last 25 years yet he can't ride one. KirkukNow
By KirkukNow

My name is Hiwa (Hope in Kurdish) Abdel Rahman, I am 49 years old, married and father of three children. I suffer from paralysis in one of my legs since birth. I have been working as bike repairer for 25 years, through which I support my family.

Despite being a person with special needs, I did not stand still idle. I have learned this profession by myself and opened a small shop in Al-Hurriya neighborhood in Kirkuk.

I work in the shop from half past eight in the morning until sunset, except midday I go back home for lunch.

I love my profession so much and have never thought of leaving it. Although I can't walk like a normal person, but I go to the market myself to buy the needs of the shop.

People with special needs in our society are sometimes bullied by those around them, but still I want to plant hope in people.

Bike is a necessity that should be avaialble in every home. When I repair a bike for children and watch them drive it, I have a heart-touching feeling.

My health prevents me from riding bikes, but I feel the joy of riding it deep in my heart.


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