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Tibetan woman connects blind with those in sight

(China.org.cn)

15:10, December 14, 2012

Kids in Kiki's Kindergarten play outdoors in Shigatse, in northwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. (Photo/Xinhua)

28-year-old Kyila was born in a small city near Mount Everest. Four members in her family, including her, were born blind.

"Until 12 years old, I could just sit at home and do nothing basically, "Kyila said. "Being blind in Tibet is really difficult. People think that blindness means you did something wrong in your past life."

She believes this prejudice is not due to the Tibetan religious beliefs, but rather people's misconceptions about blindness.

Her fate totally changed when she went to the first school for blind kids established by Braille Without Borders (BWB), an NGO devoted which offers free education to the blind in Tibet.

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