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November 4, 2011 - IRINnews.org
SIERRA LEONE: Changing the mindset around blindness

HKI's Country Director in Sierra Leone, Mary Hodges, spoke to IRIN Africa about our work advocating for the blind in the country.

"The less educated public, especially those still living in remote rural communities, believes in witchcraft, and many unusual illnesses or afflictions can be blamed on it....Blindness is also sometimes viewed as punishment and an indication that the afflicted person or their ancestors were at fault."

HKI runs a radio show to educate the public and reduce stigma towards the blind, and also directly supports Sierra Leone’s five provincial schools for blind children, providing textbooks in Braille and supporting refurbishment of the infrastructure.

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