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Maroua Ben Khedher, 31

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

IG: @maroua.b.k

Where are you from?

Ontario, Canada

Where do you live now?

I'm Tunisian and I live in Soussa which is located in Tunisia

Marou's eye impairment journey. She is holding up her prosthetic eye. She is wearing a red dress and her hair is pulled up. It is a very artistic picture of her.  Eye Loss, Visual Impairment.
Maroua's eye impairment journey.

Tell me about yourself.

Currently, I'm a volunteer on a project with the Islamic Relief Organization. I'm also working on my own small project where I create traditional handmade jewelry.

I'm fond of animals and taking care of pets. I'm a big fan of sports, nature, and meditation and am enormously interested in mental health and psychology. One of my favorite goals in this life is to build a caring home for homeless pets and animals.

Maroua at the doctors office. Holding a tissue to her left eye. Eye Impairment, Eye Loss, Visual Impairment.
Maroua at the doctors office

What’s your EYE story?

When I was three years old, my parents went to Switzerland and they left me with my grandfather to take care of me. One day, I was playing with my friend who was suffering from a mental health issue. He was on the top of the house and I was down in the street. He dropped a stick from the top and suddenly the stick crushed my eye. I still remember his mother's voice yelling when she saw me. Unfortunately, she didn't try to help me at first. After a while, they took me to the emergency room. My eye was very damaged to the point doctors made different operations on it. At that time, it was difficult to find a prosthesis compatible with my eye.

What has been the most challenging thing mentally?

My childhood passed through a hard time because I was always trying to hide my insecurities.

Maroua, looking straight into the camera, wearing a blue turtle neck, her long brown curly hair is down and her left eye is closed. Eye Impairment, Eye Loss, Visual Impairment

What has been the most challenging thing physically?

After college, I decided to work on myself and love myself to the fullest. I decided to be everything and everyone for me, I reached the point where I loved my imperfections. My advice for everyone who passed through the same experience is to love your eyes, why not? The damaged eye is what makes you different and unique. Self-love is a decision to immediately start loving who you are.

[Edited for clarity by@jacobfromutah]

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