Kamla’s Story

Kamla has done nothing wrong.

She is a hard working wife and mother. But since she contracted leprosy, her friends and family can’t see past her disease.

Kamla knew something was wrong. Scraping together the necessary cash, she sought treatment from a local doctor. But the treatment he offered did nothing. Her personal journey and battle with leprosy is a moving and heartbreaking testimony to the immense stigma perpetuated by myths and misunderstanding.

“Everyone says I’m a curse and that I should hurry up and die. They say I am evil and that I bring bad luck to my village because of my disease. Even my son and two daughters spit at me and throw food to me. No one will go near me, not even to give me water when I’m sick.”
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Photo of Kamla: Peter Caton
Story from "Where Hope and Dignity Meet", Page 38
Taj Mahal: Gerard McGovern at flickr.com [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons