By Jane Tompsett
Never have the words of The Leprosy Mission Prayer come so readily to my mind and lips… than on my recent visit to Nigeria.
Remember Sujadhe from India? You first met her in April.
It was 18 years ago when Antonio was diagnosed and treated for leprosy. But treatment came too late to save him from permanent disability. He and his wife struggled to feed and educate their 7 children.
When you have leprosy or a disability and live in poverty, your future job prospects are slim. In fact, you may lose your job because of the stigma of leprosy, or the disease may leave you unable to use your hands or walk properly. Not only that, but your children may also have trouble finishing school because your livelihood is gone and you cannot pay for books and uniforms.
Pownermmal is a mother of three boys and one girl in India. Pownermmal discovered she had ulcers on her hips and hands.