This small build-up of protein may not seem urgent, but if left untreated it can cause irreversible blindness. So for these children it is a race against time to operate before their sight is lost forever.
And others such as Maniru, Pumelo and Rukkaya, are suffering from blinding trachoma.
This excruciating disease causes the eyelashes to turn inwards and scrape away at the eye’s surface. Many resort to pulling their eyelashes out – even after the disease has caused them to go blind – to help stop the endless pain of blinking.
This is heartbreaking, and it’s happening right now to millions of children in some of the world’s poorest countries.
But with your help, these children could receive the straightforward treatments they need to protect their sight, giving them a much brighter future.
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