Seeing Life in Full Colour

Fatmata sat quietly in the admissions tent cuddling her 16-month-old daughter in her lap. She had been searching for over a year for someone to give her some hope that little Sidiatu might have a normal life. Born with congenital cataracts in both eyes, the baby’s blindness required her mother’s undivided attention. Fatmata’s nine-year-old daughter watched the baby when her mother had to go to the market to sell her home-made soup. Like so many other families in Freetown, Fatmata’s husband is currently out of work.

Fatmata had taken Sidiatu to a local hospital for cataract surgery, but it was not successful. A second hospital couldn’t help, either. Finally, she found a local doctor who referred her to an