It Was Six Years of Waiting for Maryam to See Rahman
Maryam Salah is 60 years old, and her husband Abdul Rahman Al Hassan is touching his 90s.
They live a peaceful life with their children and grandchildren in Tasaq, some 100 kilometres from the town of Tahoua in the south of Niger.
We met them on the third day of our ongoing Gift of Sight mission in Niger. They were resting after doctors had removed their eye patch earlier in the day. Both could see us through their dark sunglasses, but that has not been the case.
They have been waiting for this opportunity to see each other for over six years.
Maryam developed cataracts on both eyes six years ago.
Abdul Rahman could not see from his left eye due to a cataract, and his vision had deteriorated further as this cloud was now shadowing his right eye.