Luiza is a 23 year old woman from Laleia, Manatuto in Timor Leste. A year or so ago, when the first patches began appearing on her skin, Luiza didn’t know what was happening to her.
You may remember Nelson, your Community-Based Rehabilitation Project Coordinator in Timor Leste. He was going to visit Australia last year – but he didn’t make it! The day of his flight he was involved in a motorcycle accident and severely damaged his leg! This was distressing enough in itself, but for Nelson, the recovery had an extra degree of difficulty. He already wears a caliper on his other leg.
Some people still believe that leprosy is a curse. When Castro, a Leprosy Mission worker, found Alfredu, he had been left alone to die in a shack with pigs. His family were so terrified they wanted nothing to do with him. Castro was horrified when he saw Alfredu's condition. He wrote this letter to let Australians know about the reality of leprosy for some people in Timor Leste.
You may be familiar with Alfredu’s story from our current appeal. His family thought he was cursed. They were so afraid of him they abandoned him in a rundown shack for 15 years.
Did you know The Leprosy Mission is the only international organisation working with leprosy patients in Timor Leste? So your support of the ministry in this country is absolutely vital!
Face swelling... loss of sensation in his hands and feet... after several years of ill health, Joao had no idea what was happening to him. His worried wife took him to hospital... where he was diagnosed with leprosy.