Quiet World Of The Deaf

Quiet World Of The Deaf

Samora Mbuyazi: Blowing love in the air

  1. In the  noisy streets of Soweto and Johannesburg, Samora Mbuyazi, can’t hear a thing. She was born deaf 34 years ago. Neither is she spared insults from rude taxi drivers. “They become angry at me because I can’t understand their language. Their facial expressions tell that they hurl insults at me,” Samora laments.

She uses taxis to commute between Soweto and Johannesburg on week days. She works at DeafSA offices in the city. This usually involves using different taxis to get to work. She once ended up at a wrong destination in Johannesburg. A fellow passenger mistakenly gave her a wrong signal. “Others stigmatize us. One passenger in a taxi excused herself next to me after she realized that I am deaf.”

Sello Sengakana and Samora Mbuyazi: Sello dates a deaf lady. Her loyalty and fairness attracted Sello to her. He helped us with interpretation for this story.

At one point she unceremoniously packed her belongings and left her sister’s house, to find her own place of stay. “I was always the last one to receive news. Sometimes they would chat and laugh without sharing with me. I tried to teach them the basics of sign language but they said it was difficult. I felt left out,” she remembers.

Samora receives uncompromised love from her family. She is married to a deaf man and have three children. She’s happy that she is married to someone who can understand her language. “Communication is important in any relationship.”

On special days she does go out to party with friends. Yes, party. “We do feel the sound vibration. That helps us to move to the beat of music. Others use hearing aids,” she enlightens.

She wishes that people could learn, at least, basics of sign language. Also, for deaf people to have access to quality education. “Most of us can’t read; even subtitles on television screens don’t help a lot.”

DeafSA helps deaf people and their families with advice and to cope with challenges they might face. It might be interpretation in court, to dealing with young children with hearing disability. Anything.

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