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Armless Indonesian woman pursues photography dream

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Armless professional photographer Rusidah, 44, takes a photograph as she carries out camera maintenance on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Purworejo, Indonesia.

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Rusidah carries out camera maintenance at her home on Tuesday.

International Business Times reports: Rusidah Badawi has no forearms and no fingers but yet works as a photographer. The 44-year-old was forced to have her arms amputated below the elbow after an accident when she was just 12-years-old.

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Armless professional photographer Rusidah, who has been in the photography business for nearly 20 years.

Born into an ordinary family, Badawi graduated from senior high school in 1989 and went on to a vocational rehabilitation centre for the handicapped in Solo, where she took sewing and photography classes. Thanks to the courses, Badawi has since pursued her dream of becoming a photographer and regularly uses her skill in her local area.

The photographer admits that if she had not lost her forearms, her life may have been very different. She doubts whether she would have found her passion for photography. Badawi's husband Suradi says he hopes his wife can inspire other disabled people to not give up on living life to the full."I hope my wife's activities are an example and give motivation to others, who have the same condition as her, to not be pessimistic. We know that she has advantages and disadvantages, she can do what normal people do even though she does not have arms like able-bodied people," Suradi said.

 

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Rusidah puts on her make-up at her home on Tuesday. Rusidah shoots weddings and parties and has a small studio at home in the village of Botorejo.

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Rusidah stands inside her studio at her house on Tuesday.

 

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