Kai Yokoyama

Special Children of Kattankudy
Location: Tokyo
Nationality: Japanese
Biography: Kai Yokoyama is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Starting out as an architecture student at Saitama University, he switched his major to photography and completed his studies at Tokyo College of Photography. He has traveled the world... MORE
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Special Children of Kattankudy
Copyright Kai Yokoyama 2023
Date of Work Oct 2018 - Oct 2018
Updated Nov 2019
Topics Children, Deaf, Disability, Documentary, Education, Islam, Mental Illness, Minority, NGO, Photography, Photojournalism, School/College, Youth
Located in eastern Sri Lanka is the city of Kattankudy. In a country that is 70% Buddhist, nearly all of the city’s 40,000 residents believe in Islam. 40 students attend “Zahira Special School”, a school for children with disabilities. In Sri Lanka, Muslims and children with disabilities are considered minorities. Because of various problems, including poverty, few resources and prejudice, they receive little support from the country.
The school owns just two tuktuk (a three-wheeled bike) which are used to transport children to school every day. One of them was damaged by the tsunami waters of the 2004 Sumatra earthquake, which also damaged the school and surrounding area. The funds necessary to repair it has till not been received from the government. As such, many are unable to attend school because their families cannot afford to pay for bus fare or a taxi to get them there.

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