Trachoma, a bacterial eye infection that is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness, is still rampant in some of the world's poorest countries, HuffPost reports.
The disease has long been neglected — especially in Ethiopia, which has the largest population of sufferers by far and is now the last major frontier in the global battle against the disease.
Despite recent efforts, public understanding of the disease and its causes remains poor — pushing the goal of elimination just beyond reach.
For Bugune, a mother of six, the disease caused months of agony. Since 2015, her eyelashes had been curling into her eye, rubbing and scratching against the cornea.
“I had tears falling from my eyes," she told HuffPost, "but it hurt too much to wipe them. I had a headache all the time, so I couldn’t do anything."
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