HOULEYE

Story of Houleye

Khadiatou remembers a time not long ago when all she did was worry about her young niece. Only a few months ago, Houleye had to bear the weight of a tumor nearly half the size of her face. Life with this tumor was all Houleye had ever known.

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Story of Satou

Story of Satou

At the age of 3, Satou’s legs weakened, then bent sideways. In a short time, her singular walk became the laughing stock of the other children. Since then, the little girl prefers to stay out of sight and out of mind.

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Story of Aliou

A fire left 3-year old Aliou with third-degree burns on his right arm. With limited access to proper medical care, his arm contracted, eventually becoming stuck at a 90-degree angle.

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Zackaria's story

Story of Zackaria

Zackaria’s world has always looked rather dull. For seven years, he could only see vague shapes and muted colors because of cataracts.

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Story of Ousseynou and Assane

Story of Ousseynou and Assane

While 5-year-olds Ousseynou and Assane may look alike, it’s obvious to see their different personalities – Ousseynou is outgoing and cheeky, while Assane is quiet and reserved. However, if you […]

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Story of Saliou

Story of Saliou

Saliou was too young to realize that he was different. At 2 years old, the little boy had no idea that his cleft lip set him apart from the other children.

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Story of Marie-Madeleine

Marie-Madeleine

When she was a child, Marie Madeleine developed an abnormally tight muscle contracture in her leg. Despite this difficulty, Marie Madeleine continued making the short journey to school, where she was determined to learn.

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Story of Tene

Story of Tene

Three-year-old Tene walked with an imbalanced gait. One of her feet was normal, but the other was comprised of an oversized ankle and foot. But a woman who saw her decided, she would do anything to help.

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Story of Aicha

Story of Aicha

“When they removed the bandages, I saw my daughter as a woman for the first time” Fatmata said. “She was like a new person. She was dancing and laughing.”

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Story of Mariama

Story of Mariama

Mariama was born with a facial cleft. Her parents are faced with difficult questions, and no one seems to be able to help…

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