In search of a dream...
The third-place winner of “Children, Hopes and Dreams”, the first UNICEF Iran and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance joint photography contest
Aysel is 5 years old and the youngest member of her family. Like her sister, she's suffering from the problems originated from her parents’ consanguineous marriage. Unfortunately, such marriages lead into the birth of many children with disabilities. According to international statistics, Middle Eastern countries especially Iran suffer from high rates of disability among children caused by this situation.
Aysel was born blind. There have been three surgeries on her eyes so far and now she has an imperfect eyesight. Doctors hope as she grows up, she'll get part of her eyesight.
Her father is a seasonal worker and doesn't have a fixed income. However, he has done whatever in his power, with the help of family members and NGOs, to help Aysel recover her eyesight.
"I've tried hard to see through Aysel's eyes. The world of a baby girl whose dream these days is to get the health of her eyes," says the photographer of this photo essay.
To see the other four winners of “Children, Dreams and Hopes” Photography contest please click here.