Noorjahan and her four younger siblings live in Narshingdi, Bangladesh where her father is a day labourer.
For the first six years of her short life, Noorjahan did not speak, stumbled into things when she tried to walk and did not respond when called.
Spectacles, hearing aids and her educator, Afrina, have changed all that. She can count up to ten, read and write Bangla letters and spell her own name. She’s learning to speak by mimicking the sounds she can now hear other people make and has joined the other children in school.
First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017