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Disability news round up: Africa and London 2012

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 10:35 UK time, Friday, 18 November 2011

The subject of disability in Africa is not often discussed in the media, but a new documentary called Body and Soul aims to address the issue and was premiered in London this week.

The film reveals the challenges and discrimination disabled people face in Mozambique and was shot in the capital Maputo.

Meanwhile, Amadou and Mariam, a blind musical duo from the African nation of Mali, staged a series of sell-out concerts in the dark in London recently. They explained the idea behind the concerts to the Focus on Africa radio programme.

Elsewhere in the news:

Self-harm common in teenagers, Australian study shows (BBC News)

Disabled travellers lament lack of transport access for 2012 Olympics (The Guardian)

Disabled children excluded from education(BBC News)

Wizard of Oz munchkin Karl Slover dies aged 93 (BBC News)

Blog: do cuts kill? (The Guardian)

Autism's early child (The Guardian)

Liam Gallagher criticised by mental health charity for Adam Ant comments (The Guardian)

Letters: women need more mental health support (The Guardian)

Down syndrome test will enable scientists to detect condition in the womb (Mail Online)

Heart repair with stem cells 'biggest breakthrough in a generation' (The Telegraph)

Video link to help deaf kids talk on phone is limited to 30 minutes a month (The Mirror)

And in Paralympic news

London 2012: Paralympics ticket sale announced(BBC News)

London 2012: 'Why I want to go to the Paralympics' (BBC News)

Disabled travellers lament lack of transport access for 2012 Olympics (The Guardian)


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