By Mohammad Shamsul Hoque Siddique
He showed up a little bit late, tired and exasperated. He had happened to have a flyer that was source of happiness and a key to a lost treasure. He preserved it with an ardent and unremitting care. The man handed it to him said “this is your fortune, keep it, show it to someone along the way if you are lost”. Robi Tarafdar spread the flyer out on the grass in front of me and said the story. His age-trodden face has a sudden flash as if he was favored with a ticket to the garden of heaven. I sat just next to him reassuring that he took the right path and reached the right place. With his scratchy skinny forefinger Robi Tarafdar pointed to his eyes that are hardly helping him to view the universe as he used to do long ago. I observed of his eyes and found both of them cataract-stricken. His right eye seamed to be better than the left one. It got a protruded slice just abutting his clouded lens. This eye will be needing a closer attention and I guess the ophthalmologists will suggest several investigations.
Nagarpur, Tangail is indeed a long way for a man at his age, as he is 80 according to his assertion. However, once he heard that everything will be provided for free without charging any single paisa he was moved and excited. He decided to seize the opportunity no matter how much struggle does it cost. He wanted his vision as clear and capable as it was before. 86 Kilometers from Nagarpur to Manikganj appeared to him nothing as he imagined his eyes stronger and better again. So when the due date (14.10.2016) came catch his fortune He strived and struggled for making a covered living through out his life, and he could make it rightly but could not save any extra amount for any uncalculated jeopardy. But today, he is very happy even before his seeing any doctor.
On the inauguration day of seven-day-long eye camp of Al-Basar International Foundation thousands of eye patients flooded to the Ansar and VDP camp in Manikgonj where eye camp was housed. Many of them came from distance area like Robi Tarafdar hoping that they would finally be able to get rid of miserly life caused by bothersome cataract.