Rahida is a profoundly deaf woman who grew up in Quetta in Pakistan and now lives in South Norwood, London. As a young woman engaged to be married she became deaf as a result of meningitis, and came to Britain in 1981 in search of a cure, unfortunately without success. She was then threatened with deportation and after a prolonged campaign by friends and supporters she was eventually given the right to stay in Britain.
Her extraordinary life story is available in Urdu, her mother tongue, and in English, which she learnt in England without being able to hear it spoken.
Rashida Abedi is the author of From Sound to Silence - part of the Our Lives series