When they see me carrying Andrew, they take it as something bad. Even if I am just walking around with him, or I take him to the hospital, they see it as something which is not good.

— Andrew’s father

Field notes

The research results thaught us that many misconceptions about disability lead to stigmatisation. Caretakers of a child with special needs are often excluded from their communities and families. Out of desperation, Andrew’s mother wanted to kill her son when he was born. This is referred to as an act of ‘Mercy Killing’ in Uganda. Andrew’s father saved his son, even though raising Andrew in a proper way turned out to be highly difficult for him. Nearly a year after the research was conducted, in August 2018, Andrew sadly passed away.