He was on his way to work on August 7, 1998, when Douglas Sidialo heard a commotion outside the US embassy. It turned out to be al-Qaeda’s first major attack, a massive bomb that killed 213 people and wounded 4,500 others, Nairobi's Daily Nation reports.
Sidialo never saw again after that morning.
Afterwards, he told the newspaper, “I was a very bitter man. At that moment, I felt that if I could find any of those people who had done that I could kill them. But bitterness only breeds despair. I decided to embrace my blindness as a challenge. I decided to face forward and I have no regrets.”
Today he is a motivational speaker and has set records as one of the most prominent blind adventurers in the world. His feats include climbing to the Uhuru Peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and he was the first blind man to cycle the grueling 12,000 kilometers from Cairo to Cape Town in 2007.
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