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Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities

His story began in England’s city of Leeds, and later fate brought him to Malta, Spain, Italy and, finally, Belarus.

Darren:
Before I came here, I thought that Belarus is a part of Russia. While living here, I looked at many things differently.

Great Britain and Belarus are not similar. Britain is very dirty and gray compared to clean Belarus. Sceneries are unparalleled!

I would like Belarus to become more adapted for people with disabilities.

The British citizen plans to restore abandoned villages. And then - with the help of charitable organizations - to build the first social village for the homeless in Belarus. "Together we can do more!" says Darren.

Darren:
The difference between our peoples is that Belarusians are more reserved and cautious at first. But at one point all this mistrust is gone and communication barriers vanish. And this is when Belarusians become friendly, transparent and welcoming.

Despite the fact that Darren knows only the most simple phrases in Russian it does not prevent him from finding contacts with everyone. He often meets people with whom he can talk in his native language.

Darren faced a big challenge in 2014: he got in a car accident, which made him disabled. For nearly a year he was in depression. But now he understands that back then life gave him a second chance, a chance to enjoy life and help family and other people. He says you got to live every day of your life as the last day, because earlier or later it will come anyway.

Darren:
Look at me: I am taking every day as it comes!

In a few weeks Darren will take part in the half marathon in Minsk. His life's rules are simple: he does not put any obstacles in its path and sees opportunities in any challenge.

Darren:
Why Belarus? Because my wife is a Belarusian. And my daughter, who is only 11 days old, lives here in Belarus.

His wife did not know English and he did not know Russian. But they decided to live together forever. They decided to live in Belarus, raise little daughter Eleonora and help those in need.

Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities