Global Images Contest 2008-2009

Sight Through the Ages, Northern Ghana

Honorable Mention

In Yongsuan, a small village in Ghana’s northern region, the chief and his youngest son sit in front of his palace, waiting to be examined by the visiting ophthalmic nurse inside. While many villagers must wait for hours to be examined, his high status gives him priority to be seen first. After waiting anxiously, he is diagnosed with an immature cataract, which can be easily corrected. However, because so many of the elderly are blinded by such conditions, people believe that blindness is an inevitable part of aging- leaving the elderly to live the remainder of their lives in darkness.


Cu Ri Lee ’10

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