When Agustino’s sister, Nofia, was diagnosed and treated by The Leprosy Mission in Timor Leste, this family’s leprosy story didn’t just start or end there…
A young girl clings to her mother’s leg and turns her face away. I notice the spot on her face and ask her mother.
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who donated to help Lily.
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.