Shabu Hussain: Blind man prepares for Kilimanjaro climb

Shabu Hussain: Blind man prepares for Kilimanjaro climbIt is a feat very few sighted people would attempt, let alone a blind man.

But his disability isn’t stopping Shabu Hussain from reaching for his dream of climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Hussain lost his sight more than 40 years ago while growing up in Tanzania. At the age of 17 he developed typhoid.

“I did feel sorry for myself for a couple of years and then I realized that was not the life I want.”

For every epic journey, there is a guiding light, and for Hussain, that light is his wife, Shaida.

“Outdoor activities have really brought us together,” she says. “We do a lot together, it’s almost like we’re soul mates.”

She will be accompanying her husband on the climb, and will be by his side every step of the way.

“He knows not to bug me, or he’ll be down that mountain!”

The couple plan to leave Calgary for Tanzania on June 22 and hope to begin their ascent on June 27.

If they make it to the summit, Hussain will become the first totally blind Canadian to scale Kilimanjaro.

Read it on Global News: Global Calgary | Blind man prepares for Kilimanjaro climb

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Author: ismailimail

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4 thoughts

  1. Wish you the very best of luck Hussainbha. Hope your journey will be a great success.!
    Long Live & prosper! Mowla be with you every step of your journey!

    Rashida Kanji,


  2. Ya Ali Madad,

    Best of luck and pray to Mowla Bapa to give strength to YOU and SHAIDA to fulfill your wishes and a happy journey.

    Nash Jessani’s sister from Toronto

    Begum Janmohamed


  3. Hello Shabudin and Shaida,
    Congratulations and best wishes in conquering Kilimanjaro. What an achievement.
    well we had never dream of doing the climb while in Morogoro, Tanzania, and then while here in calgary, doing the climb. Bravo,.what a feat.
    May Mawla give you best of health.Amen
    Once again gani gani mumbaraki.
    Ya Ali madad,
    Aziz Juma, your buddy from home town, Morogoro


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