Kampong Chhnang???, Cambodia: Ngin Chan shuffled to a table adorned with flowers to mark his wedding, and saw his wife-to-be for the first time.
"I was scared. I was told that if I did not marry her I would be taken away and killed," says 61-year-old Ngin, of that day 39 years ago when Pol Pot's murderous Khmer Rouge regime ruled Cambodia.
A slight, dark-skinned girl a year older than him stepped forward and made a short speech which Ngin has never forgotten.
"I have decided to marry and love and care for my husband for the rest of my life," said Phork, who had grown up in a village 16 kilometres away, but was also one of an estimated 250,000 Cambodians forced into marriage under the Khmer Rouge.
"What could I do? I didn't love her because I had never seen her face before, but I would have been killed if I hadn't agreed," Ngin said, sitting in a hospital wheelchair, rubbing the stumps of his amputated legs, before surgery to restore the eye sight he lost three years ago.
I ask what he most wants to see again.
"My wife's face. I love her so much. She has always taken care of me," he says, chuckling.
Australia's Fred Hollows Foundation, working in cooperation with the Cambodian government, performed 10,365 eye operations and treatments, including 8708 cataract surgeries, in Cambodia last year, almost all of them successful.
But Chay Sambo, a doctor at the Foundation's eye centre in Kampong Chhnang, 100km north-east of Phnom Penh, says he never takes surgery for granted.
"I would say we can expect 95 per cent success rate," he says, before Ngin lifts himself on to an operating table for the 15-minute surgery to replace the cloudy natural lens in his left eye with an implant lens.
There was great anticipation early the next morning when Ngin was wheeled into the centre, accompanied by Phork, who had taken time off from work in the rice fields, where she earns between $6 and $9 a week to feed her family.
When a nurse removed the patch over Ngin's eye he took several seconds to register what he was seeing, a Fred Hollows staff member standing two metres away.
But then he realised Phork was sitting next him and reached out and stroked her face.
"I can see very well. I am very happy," he said, laughing.
Phork wiped tears from her eyes.
Testimonies of dozens of couples forced to marry have been heard at a United Nations tribunal in Phnom Penh investigating the Khmer Rouge's disastrous plan to create an agrarian utopia in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979 that left more than 1.7 million Cambodians dead due to starvation, disease and execution.
Judges heard that impersonal mass ceremonies were held for up to 200 couples at a time, who were forced to immediately consummate their marriage in a bizarre program designed to increase the population and destroy family ties and loyalties, apparently in the belief it would lessen opposition to state's cruel practices.
Ngin remembers a Khmer Rouge cadre coming to the house where he and Phork spent their wedding night.
"They wanted to ensure we were in love," he says.
"We sat and talked and made out as if we were."
At first Ngin, who laboured to build a dam for the Khmer Rouge and Phork, who worked as a health worker in the village to which they were assigned, pretended they were in love.
"It took about two months before we actually had sex," Ngin says, and the first of their six children was born two years later.
When the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1979 Ngin joined Cambodia's army, becoming officer in-charge of 200 soldiers who crept towards a hidden Khmer Rouge jungle base one day in June 1982.
Ngin says one of soldiers coughed, alerting the Khmer Rouge to their presence, and he jumped up and started running, only to step over a dead tree on to a landmine.
"I heard a click and saw some smoke," he says.
His legs were amputated in a Phnom Penh hospital several days later.
Phork heard her husband had been injured and rushed to his side, refusing to leave him until she could bring him home to their village.
For years Ngin pushed his rusty donated wheelchair into the jungle, digging roots he could sell in the market, while Phork toiled in the fields.
But when cataracts in both eyes caused him to lose his sight he could do little but stay under the family's thatched roof hut beside a dirt track.
A Fred Hollows' mobile eye team discovered that both Phork and Ngin required cataract surgery, as their eye sights were rapidly failing.
More than 90 per cent of blindness in Cambodia is avoidable, with cataract the leading cause, and the Foundation says it can restore sight to cataract patients for as little $25 in many countries.
Ngin insisted that Phork be operated on first, so when he was eventually wheeled into surgery he was almost totally blind.
Arriving back at their hut on Friday after the operation, Ngin threw his hands into the air in jubilation as he could see his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren were waiting for him.
His grandson chopped coconuts for the Fred Hollows staff who escorted him home, and the family planned a special dinner of fish caught in a local stream to celebrate.
"Over the years I have come to love my husband more and more," Phork says.
"Even the day of our wedding, when I saw him for the first time, I was not afraid???he looked liked a good man," she says.
"Now he can take care of himself again and I can work more. I am very lucky I married him."