Hussein Borle

He spent early childhood as a herd’s boy, looking after the livestock of the family. He traveled extensively with members of the community across the vast pastoral lands between Garissa and Isiolo counties where the family roamed in search of water and pasture for their animals that constituted the only source of livelihood.

Disability at the hands of violent robbery-by cattle wrestlers

At the age of about 13 he was seriously wounded by raiders, cattle wrestlers who also killed 8 members of his extended family and relatives. The incident left him, through spinal cord injury, paralyzed from the west down. That was a time when there were no medical facilities to cater for the resultant complications and after basic treatments initially at Maralal and later in Meru hospitals –only for the spear wounds but no rehabilitation to deal with spinal injury complications and the resultant disability. He was taken back to the ‘bush’-the rural nomadic lifestyle –which was too harsh for a child with such serious disability. He faced the harsh reality of being transported on donkey and camel’s back while the community, being pastoralist, shifted from place to place. After about two years under such condition he developed further complications such as contracture of knees and hip joints and life threatening pressure sores. With the help of a mobile medical team, flying doctors services, he was taken to the then new Garissa Provincial General Hospital in 1975 where he remained in admission for almost a year during which he had very little contact with members of his family.

Schooling under institutional situation and beyond

The hospital authorities gave him the 1st wheelchair and referred him to Garissa Boys town which was ran by a missionary. The centre carted for destitute children including a few with physical disabilities from the local nomadic communities and had a primary school in which Hussein was enrolled in 1976.He later proceeded to Garissa High School and from there to Moi University in Eldoret where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree. Though much better than the situation under the rural nomadic lifestyle the challenges faced during school and college periods were quite tough –lack of proper mobility devices and other support services, difficult terrain, inaccessible classrooms and other built up areas and transport services. Earning a living from employment Mr. Borle worked with KPTC and later its successor-Telkom Kenya in the procurement and human resource departments where he held senior positions. He currently works with the Northern Water Services Board as a human resource manager.

Service in the disability movement

Mr. Borle has been actively involved in the championing for the disability course in the Northern Kenya region. He was the founding chair of the Association of the Physically Disabled Garissa- the 1st DPO in the region. He has contributed on improvement of the lives of many persons with disabilities both as individuals and collectively as members of groups. He helped many in the attainment of mobility devices. He was a member of the 1st Board of the NCPWDs between 2004 and 2007. He is currently the chairman of Northern Nomadic Disabled Persons Organization-a DPO Network which is the 1st disability NGO in northern Kenya. Participation in community service He has also played active role in the community and made worthwhile contributions especially in the education of orphans, children with disabilities and relative. He has been inspirational to many in his