In Bangladesh blindness is a social problem. It is very difficult for the visually impaired to struggle against the odds of daily life and survive. In case of employment and social activities they are generally excluded and treated as a burden for both the family and the society. Marriage usually takes place where both the man and woman are blind, and it is highly unlikely for a blind woman to get a man with normal vision as a husband.
Over 40 million people in the world are blind, and over 120 million people have significant low vision that cannot be cured or treated. In Bangladesh there are about 80,000 blind people among whom only 200 are educated and 150 of them have good employment.
Education for the blinds in our country is very difficult because of the lack of proper systems and facilities. Government schools are not equipped to handle the special needs of the blind students. There are no Braille books, and a very few writing frames and paper are available for them. Those who want to study, have to do so by memorizing the texts and they need an extra person to write for them in the exam hall.
My story is about two visually impaired girls of the University of Chittagong, and a blind couple who are educated. The couple adopted two children and leading a happy family life. They aspire to live a normal life without being treated as disables. In-spite of all the hardships and difficulties they are trying to achieve their dream, and facing all the obstacles on the way with courage and conviction.
Photo by: Farzana Hossen
Story edited by: Md. Moinul Hassan