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West Africa, Blindness

Between Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, Gaël Turine travel through West Africa to visit blind people communities. Blindness is a curse caused by onchocerose, carried by rivers black fly. These flies live only in the vicinity of watercourses. The disease has therefore gradually invaded all the rivers throughout the region. Most villages located along rivers have been infected, and some villages have up to 60% of blind people. It is estimated that between 250,000 and 300,000 the number of people blinded by the disease in these countries. Children accompanied by their guides, who are their eyes throughout their lives, the blind are hardly integrated into society, they are considered primarily as victims of bad luck and people-to-be-away from. As an alternative to poverty, they grow rice and sell their products through cooperatives ... which are mainly shelters for people fleeing cities.

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