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Jakarta Post

NEW SIGHT NEW LIFE

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 9 2009   /  01:30 pm

It was unusual for Yessy Lahay to wander the streets alone. After cataracts robbed him of the sight in both eyes, the 62-year-old couldn't help but be afraid a car or motorcycle would hit him. "I saw everything in white," he says. "I just couldn't go anywhere. I spent my days only at home." But one morning recently, Yessy left his home and walked to the nearby market to wait for The Jakarta Post to arrive. Before he lost his sight a year ago, he often walked there to pick up any guests who might have gotten lost on their way to his hard-to-locate house. Now, just after getting back half his vision, Yessy is back to this old routine. "It feels like I have new freedom now - traveling anywhere I want and meeting up with people," he says on the way back to his home. "Can you believe that now I can travel to as far as Puncak *in West Java*, all alone?" he happily adds. ...