He’s so young but takes full responsibilities of his brother, who cannot walk.
He lifts him daily, washes him and feeds him every day.
He has been doing this for the past 10 years.
Joseph the elder brother is disabled and has been sitting on this chair for almost his entire lifetime.
Parents left them saying they’ll be back for a few days, and that was the last time they heard of them.
Parents never returned and no one knows whether they are still alive.
Joseph the elder brother is just thankful for the gift of life.
Despite experiencing a difficult life, he spends most of his time singing so as not to feel depressed.
Meet our brothers Joseph and Alex.
A 16 year old, Alex has been lifting, taking care and parenting his 35 year old brother due to a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders.
Yet he’s so young it’s rare to see him smiling.
This man was born like this.
He has never walked even a single centimeter, and his younger brother has been lifting him for several years.
Up to now.
They said life was good, but one day everything changed upside down.
They lived with their parents.
Happily, Joseph the elder brother says that parents were kind and so caring.
They had lifted him since he was a baby.
By when everything changed.
Alex was six years old, preparing himself to get started in primary school, the Kim Femen, and a lot of people started starving.
Lack of money to sustain families and lack of enough rain to support agriculture was one of the reasons that forced families to migrate to different places, looking for a better place where they can live and survive.
This famine forced Alex and Joseph’s parents to wake up one early morning, tell their children that they’re going to another place looking for money and by when they would get something to help the family get by.
They promised their children to return in few days.
Parents bid farewells to children.
Children remained home, and that was the beginning of suffering.
It’s now 10 years since they left these children.
When they left, Alex was six.
He’s now 16.. he was forced to become apparent to his elder brother, who is disabled.
After parents left us here alone and went to a neighboring country, i was automatically assigned to taking care of my disabled brother.
I do everything for him.
Since the departure of our parents, life has become tougher and tougher.
I’m like apparent to my brother.
I have to provide food for both of us.
I have to do each and everything for us to survive, but most of the days we depend on neighbours and good samaritans who come here and bring us food.
I got used to lifting him each and every day.
Every morning, after cleaning the compound, i have to lift and bring him to this chair.
He does everything from this chair, whether eating, washing him and so on.
He’s given everything from this chair and at the end of the day i have to lift him again and take him to sleep.
If my parents would be watching Afrimax English, i would ask them, wherever they are, to come back here and help me take care of my brother.
The task is too big for me forever.
He tries and gets food from nowhere, then cooks and i find myself eating without even knowing where all those came from.
Joseph could worry about himself, wonder how his future would look like yet.
Is this disabled and sometimes lose confidence and have too much depression?
One day he woke up and realized that pain and suffering is inevitable.
From here he learned that maybe there is a reason for everything and there is no need to worry.
He started getting mentally strong and he is now not worried, though life here in the village remains difficult.