Poligarpo is 71, and has six children – three sons and three daughters. He lives in Mozambique, in an area called Ribáuè, in the north-east of the country, where he used to farm to earn a living. But after starting to lose his sight he had to give up work, leaving him with no way to support his family.
He’d lost his independence and was unable to get around by himself: he relied on his family to lead him around by holding onto a stick.
On the day of his operation, Poligarpo was upbeat when asked how his life might be different after treatment. “I am not too ambitious,” he said. “I would just like to see the mountains again!
“I am looking forward to seeing my family and friends and walking without support by myself. Before, I was facing difficulty to do things but now I will have a new life.”
After the operation, we spoke to Poligarpo before he had his bandages removed. “I was not afraid during the operation,” he said. “I felt at peace – I had a good, peaceful feeling. I am happy to have had this done.”