Ayman says to “Sky News Arabia”: “I am seeking, whether through comedy or in a serious way, through my YouTube channel, to shed light on the suffering of short people, and to pass messages that carry many meanings and lessons to others.”
With great determination and determination, Ayman and others of short stature in Morocco, who are estimated to number in the thousands and are considered people of determination, are trying to prove themselves and overcome the stereotypes that haunt them.
Communication and awareness through social sites is one of the windows through which the short of stature overlooks society in order to raise awareness of their problems and express all their feelings and feelings.
Messages on social media
Today, Ayman is considered one of the most famous personalities within the category of short stature in Morocco, thanks to the wide follow-up he enjoys on social networking sites, which he tries to invest from time to time in communicating messages and expressing the concerns of this group within Moroccan society.
“I didn’t expect to get this much follow-up, and I don’t deny the responsibility that this placed on me,” Ayman says.
He adds, “Social media has given me an opportunity to convey the voice of this group, and to try to change some of the misconceptions about short people.”
He continued, “Photographing and sharing daily life may seem normal to many, but through this I try to transfer followers to the world of a person of short stature, to show how he can coexist within society naturally.”
The young man confirms that sharing this type of content with his followers, who number in the hundreds of thousands, is a lot for him and his companions of short stature, because it carries with it many deep meanings.
As for the young woman, Nadia Funun, when she was young, she did not understand why she was the focus of people’s attention, and why the eyes of passersby always followed her with astonishment, questions that the young girl kept asking until the days took care of answering them, to absorb and discover over time the difference in her shape and stature from the rest of her peers.
Nadia goes back in her memory to tell “Sky News Arabia” how she struggled for years to accept her reality and reconcile with herself first before society, and how her descent from a family of three short sisters helped her understand her situation and coexist with it faster.
The young woman says, “I suffered from bullying and psychological pain for years, but the suffering turned with the passage of time into energy that helped me overcome difficulties and obstacles, to start providing support to those who suffer from the same situation.”
Nadia points out that her involvement in cultural and recreational activities in one of the houses for this made her popular among adults and children in the middle of the neighborhood in which she lives.
Support and confrontation
About 5 years ago, Nadia decided to establish an association that takes care of people of short stature in Morocco, and its goal was to get them out of the isolation they suffer from, and to break with the stereotypes that haunt them.
“We had been communicating through social media for years before we decided to move out of the virtual world into reality, to establish an association for the reunification of short people in Morocco,” says Nadia.
Civil work has enabled the young woman to meet a large number of people of short stature, learn about different stories from different regions in Morocco, and work to provide moral support to those who suffer in the same situation in order to overcome the brokenness and reach the ability to coexist within society.
Nadia points out that many people of short stature suffer from bullying and exclusion, which sometimes comes from the family environment, where some families may borrow from their short children, so they are kept at home and prevented from communicating with the outside world.
The young woman believes that the social environment has a major role in the positive impact on the life of a short person, as his exclusion may lead to isolation from others, and make him suffer endless psychological hardship.
For many people of short stature, engaging in civic work and participating in cultural and sports activities is a means through which they seek self-affirmation, as is the case for Nizar in the Syndicate, who, with some of his friends, founded the Moroccan national team for short stature.
The idea of creating the team emerged from Nizar, when he accidentally discovered the Argentine team of short stature, and then launched a search process, accompanied by other founders, for a lineup for the team, which led him to discover football talents in different regions of Morocco.
The team was formed from 14 players before it was strengthened by other elements, united by a love of football, united by their cause, and their common destiny.
Since its first match in 2017, the group has managed to grab the spotlight and impose itself as a strong team, before being invited as a guest of honor in the Copa America for short stature, which was organized in Argentina in 2018.
The team is looking forward to organizing special leagues for local teams, in view of launching a national league capable of raising the individual and collective level of football players of short stature, in preparation for competing for world cups.
Towards a better future
For Nizar and his companions, the establishment of a football team was not just a sporting activity, but rather a means to establish existence, and to break out of isolation and integration into society.
Nizar, who is also the president of the Moroccan Association of Small People, says: “What brings us together within the team goes beyond the limits of football. It is a way to make our voice heard and demonstrate the abilities of short people to give in various fields.”
Nizar highlights to “Sky News Arabia” that “professional discrimination remains one of the most prominent problems that bother people of short stature and greatly affect their lives, as their activities are almost confined to comedy and entertainment activities, and they find it difficult to obtain jobs that suit their educational level and the evidence they obtained.” “.
Despite all the difficulties facing people of short stature in Morocco, Nizar notes with satisfaction the positive transformation that he has begun to perceive in society today towards this category, which has become more receptive to it compared to the past, stressing that there is still a long way to go to finally break with stereotypes.
Ayman Nadia and Nizar, people who carry with them thousands of tales and stories, the heroes of which are short in stature, confronted the bullies’ gaze and broke the isolation to move towards a life not governed by standards of form or restricted by prejudices.
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