Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hansen's Disease: A Forgotten Existence

In a remote area of the Vietnamese countryside exists a community of Leprosy victims. There are currently 22 Villages like this in Vietnam and approximately 3,600 patients. Having survived a history of persecution, war and murder, they were exiled and forgotten by the outside world. These people live in little brick shacks with no insulation from the elements and poor sanitation. They have no means to improve their lives and solely rely on their caretakers. They receive most of their contact from the outside world from little broken radios and TVs. Subjected to poor healthcare and inadequate funding, these people continue to survive and live a life forced upon them by their ill fate.

This is their story as documented by Ehrin Macksey.

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