• Meet Saidou

    Imagine going your whole life without talking. When Saidou was three, a fire burned her arms, chest, neck and face, tightening her mouth into a tiny o-shaped opening, not large enough to let words escape. She grew up for the past eight years listening to her brothers and sisters bantering back and forth, only able to respond with garbled sounds. But after free surgery and weeks of rehab, Saidou can speak for the first time – ever! “She talks to her mother on the phone now,” says her father, Amideau. “She’s very, very happy.”

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