Drawings of the Blind 2

There has been a very enthusiastic response to my post with my mother’s drawings of the eye-camp at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh. So here are ten more drawings from the series, in no particular order.

Food is distributed

Food is distributed

A lot of food has to be prepared to feed the large numbers of blind people, their families and attendants, the volunteer workers and the medical staff.

A volunteer worker sews bandages

A volunteer worker sews bandages

Self-reliance is important.

Patient with tattoos and nose ring

Patient with tattoos and nose ring

There’s a silicaceous dust that pervades the area, and a lot of the elderly end up with cataracts.

A partially sighted patient leads a blind one

A partially sighted patient leads a blind one

A volunteer with bedding

A volunteer with bedding

My mother had an eye for the logistical aspects of the project.

A patient naps while waiting

A patient naps while waiting

One of my favourite pictures.

A patient tries lenses while being fitted with spectacles

A patient tries lenses while being fitted with spectacles

Part of the free service.

Whitewash is prepared

Whitewash is prepared

In spite of the primitive conditions, the success rate is phenomenal. I think the communal nature of the thing, the fact that it’s done out of a spirit of service, helps the healing.

Volunteer nurse

Volunteer nurse

One of the doctors

One of the doctors

As you can see, she spent a lot of time at the eye camp. She got to know several of the doctors, nurses and helpers fairly well over the time. But it seems to me that she didn’t really have to know people to be able to produce incisive and sympathetic portraits.

Bandages in place for the op

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