Sitting in small room decorated with her handful painted tableaus 16-year-old Robaba Mohammadi dreams of holding international art exhibitions and becoming a famous artist.
She was born with partial paralysis of her limbs and is unable to control her hands and feet, except for a few toes. Mohammadi came from a poor family in Ghazni province who moved to Kabul when she was three after they realized her disability. They hoped to get medical help for her condition, to no avail.
The paralyzed girl said that her only valuable possessions are her pencil, bunches of white paper and her firm resolve that inspires her to work hard and earn a livelihood as well as fame.
“Before I starting drawing I was hopeless and when my sisters and brothers were going to school I always said to myself ‘See, they are younger than me but they have gained lots of knowledge, such as writing and studying but me, I am not even able to write my own name’. I was so depressed I was even crying two or three times a day,” Mohammadi said.
Less than two years ago, she started drawing and now she dreams of holding her art exhibition at Aga Khan museum in Canada. She even drew life-like sketches of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Afghan-born Canadian politician, Maryam Monsef.
“My dream is to hold my art exhibition in Aga Khan Museum which is one of the biggest museums in Canada, and I’m requesting my people to help me in order to reach my dream which is having my art exhibition in Canada,” Mohammadi said.
Despite her difficulties, Rababa can also use a smart phone with her foot to post her achievements on social media sites to gain fame.