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Perseverance Through Adversity

09 Jan 2020 / 17:17 H.

FOR the past 44 years, 56 year-old Azizah Mohamad has dedicated her life to taking care of her three siblings. Through the lens of photographer Masry Che Ani, he captures the daily routine of Mak Teh — the sole caregiver of her older siblings — 53 year-old Noorlia, 61 year-old Habesah, and 66 year-old Zaiton.

Everyday, Mak Teh wakes up at 6am to bathe them and feed them their favorite meal of nasi goreng. She then goes out to the market and comes home to prepare their lunches. At 2pm, on an almost daily routine, she goes to the pharmacy to get medications and diapers for her three ailing family members.

As the sun sets, at 7pm she cooks dinner before helping her siblings get to bed.

Habesah and Zaiton have been paralysed since 1976, after a bout of fever. Noorlia also began to fall ill and now needs Mak Teh’s attention.

Mak Teh is dependent on zakat contributions, well wishers, and her father’s (who was a police constable) pension. “Even when I am nursing a fever I have to care for them as there is no one else around”, she said.

Unfortunately, Mak Teh herself suffers from some ailments, as she has hypertension and diabetes. Another one of her siblings, Ismail, passed away in 2010 at the age of 46.

A lady in her 50s bought detergent sold by Azizah at her house. Azizah looks while her customer goes.
A lady in her 50s bought detergent sold by Azizah at her house. Azizah looks while her customer goes.
Azizah mohamad, 56, was frusted after finding out the financial assistance from Pusat Urus Zakat and Welfare Department have not been in yet.
Azizah mohamad, 56, was frusted after finding out the financial assistance from Pusat Urus Zakat and Welfare Department have not been in yet.
Azizah ride her motorcycle fromher house at Kampung Teluk to a wet market in Sungai Dua to buy daily supplies to cook for her disable sisters.
Azizah ride her motorcycle fromher house at Kampung Teluk to a wet market in Sungai Dua to buy daily supplies to cook for her disable sisters.
Due to financial constraint, Azizah Mohamad, 56, can only buy cheap fish at the wet market.
Due to financial constraint, Azizah Mohamad, 56, can only buy cheap fish at the wet market.
Azizah nephew and daughter Mohammad Nuramin Zulkifli, 30, Nor Sofiah Atiqah, 5, accompanied her buying pampers for her disable siblings at a pharmacy near Sungai Dua.
Azizah nephew and daughter Mohammad Nuramin Zulkifli, 30, Nor Sofiah Atiqah, 5, accompanied her buying pampers for her disable siblings at a pharmacy near Sungai Dua.
Zaiton Mohamad, 66, Noorlia, 53 and Habesah, 61; were disable since their childhood after they suffered high fever. The sisters now depended their life on Azizah.
Zaiton Mohamad, 66, Noorlia, 53 and Habesah, 61; were disable since their childhood after they suffered high fever. The sisters now depended their life on Azizah.
OKU identification card and hospital appointment letters and booklet belongings to her sisters were display at one of the cupboard in their house.
OKU identification card and hospital appointment letters and booklet belongings to her sisters were display at one of the cupboard in their house.
$!Azizah fondly known as Mak Teh chatting with her sister Noorlia, her sister Habesah, 61 (right) and Zaiton, 66, (left) who were all disable since childhood
Azizah fondly known as Mak Teh chatting with her sister Noorlia, her sister Habesah, 61 (right) and Zaiton, 66, (left) who were all disable since childhood

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