Physically disabled Ibrahim runs family with lips
Published: 07:37 PM, 17 September 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
A youth named Emdadul Mallik Ibrahim without arms as well as having disabled legs, but he did not give up as holding the paint brush with his lips, he continues to draw one picture after another to provide his medical and family expenses with the money from the sale of that pictures.
Emdadul Mallik Ibrahim who grew up to motivate people all over the world is a resident of Balubazar village in Manda upazila of Naogaon.
Ibrahim was not like that from birth as he was healthy and normal. In 2005 while working as a rural power lineman in Dinajpur he got injured in an accident. After that he was treated at Dinajpur Sadar Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and CRP in Savar for eight years. But he could not fully recover while both of hands have to be cut off and both of the legs became immobile.
But he never did give up. He is painting various pictures on a specially designed canvas with a wheelchair.
Ibrahim said, “He heard from everyone in the CRP after the accident that a man named Lovely drew pictures with her face. He was inspired by Lovely's story. After recovering from the treatment, he started painting with his face in collaboration with an organization called Physically Challenged Development Foundation (PDF). A solo exhibition of his paintings has been held in 2016 at Leela Gallery in Banani on the initiative of that organization.”
“At first it was difficult to draw pictures. But now it seems quite normal to me. I can draw for hours while so far, I have drawn two thousand pictures. Almost all of the drawings I made while in Dhaka have been sold. The people of Dhaka understood the value of photography. But after coming to the village, the pictures are not being sold much,” Ibrahim added.
Being physically disabled, Ibrahim is being helped by mother in daily chores and drawing. He supports the family from earnings of the sale of pictures. However, Ibrahim did not get any help from the Rural Electricity Office for treatment after the accident.