But she’s died… and nobody else will go near you because you have leprosy.
That’s what the world is like for 7-year-old Diyan from India.
Nobody wants to be near him, let alone embrace him with the warm, loving hugs he so desperately misses from his mother. And his father has to go far away to work.
Diyan is just 7 years old. But he’s old enough to know he looks different, and that frightens him.
Last year, Diyan burned his hand very badly. But he didn’t cry. He didn’t even feel it. This is terrible news. It signalled that his hands were numb. He had leprosy.
But although he may not feel the physical pain of leprosy…
A child like Diyan DOES feel the heartache of being called names. Of being pushed away. Of being rejected.
Diyan misses his mother’s hugs so much. While we can’t replace his mother, we CAN show him God’s love through the doctors and nurses who look after him.
They’re not afraid of Diyan… the nurses bathe his skin patches and treat his clawed fingers.
They speak to him with kindness… instead of calling him horrible names.
to stop stigma by providing loving care from nurses
to bring healing and stop disability leading to more stigma
to stop discrimination and promote love and acceptance
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