South Africa, a country of 57.5 million people has 4 million deaf or hard of hearing citizens. Wearing cloth face masks is now a prerequisite for any South African leaving their home. The silence in the deaf person’s world has just become more oppressing.
This is the story of Sizwe, a young, deaf girl from the rural Transkei in South Africa, and how an act of bravery takes her from being reliant on her Gogo (her grandmother) to being independent and capable in difficult times.
Written by Micharn Pollock (South Africa)