Physically challenged Mohoram Ali is set to start his world tour on a wheelchair on June 28 to raise awareness about the rights of physically challenged people.
Mohoram, 24, whose left leg was paralysed at the age of one and a half years due to polio, plans to begin the tour with India and seek support to create a World Disability Fund.
He officially announced this yesterday at a programme organised by Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) on the city’s Central Shaheed Minar premises.
The other countries he plans to visit include Nepal, China, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Mohoram said he would travel on buses, trains and ships and wants to avoid planes “to endure hardship and attract more attention to the cause of the world’s physically challenged people.”
Earlier on June 20, ADD International, Pratibandhi Narider Jatiya Parishad and Jatia Trinamul Protibondhi Sangstha jointly expressed solidarity with Moharam’s world tour at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
ADD International gave US $500 and the sangstha gave a cheque of Tk 2 lakh for his expenses.
Mohoram said he already travelled 3,400 kilometres to India from Bangladesh in 2007, to Russia and South Korea in 2010 and another 18,700 kilometres to 15 districts of Bangladesh.
Born in a humble family of Natore district, Mohoram blames wrong treatment by village quacks for his condition. He has been working with CRP in Savar since 2003.
-With The Daily Star input