|Man in a Desert||
"With this journey I hope to raise awareness of disability and sustainability as well as what we can achieve as individuals if we have the courage and determination to try."
Haidar Taleb was diagnosed with polio when he was 4 and has been wheelchair-bound ever since. The 47-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates is now in the midst of an 11-day journey across his native land in his solar-powered wheelchair.
You can check on Haidar's progress at his website.
So far so good. Until, that is, I came across the write-up this courageous and adveturous man received in the tech blog Gizmodo. The anonymous writer has obviously read nothing about Haidar. Good thing he chose to write anonymously, that way his ignorance can remain nameless and faceless.
Not so a couple of people who left comments; the aptly-named tw@t who wrote: "You know, when sitting you can't really tell that he is wearing a dress." The superficial halopower67 added, "Oh man what a boring thing to do. 12mph across 200 miles? I can't think of something more boring to do. He should have done something to his wheelchair to make it go faster or something. Make it out of carbon fiber and put a stronger motor so nothing is lost but speed is gained. SOMETHING."
Nothing can detract from Haidar's quest to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, and certainly not these ignorant and dismissive people.
You can email him your message of support here.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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