“We have been segregated, true. That was something the laws did, and we could not do anything about it.  Yet even when your body is segregated, there is no need for your mind to also be confined, is there?  If that happens, it is just too sad . . . . I just want someone to know that I have existed, and have lived here.  I do not want to die quietly, without anybody knowing about it.”

 -- Tetsuo Sakurai, Poet, Japan, who has been isolated from society for most of his life due to leprosy

Introduction

“My father and mother are affected by leprosy.  I have been in this camp with my parents since I was born.  My mother has told us that she is from Akyinansa and my father is from Suhum.  But we have not been to those places.  When I look at my parents, then I say leprosy does not attack any ordinary person, but people who are born to be a king.”

-- Yaa Yaa, age 13, Ghana, in an interview with Kofi Nyarko

Lin Zhi Ming, Poet, Artist, P. R. China. Photo by Xin Wai Keung, Ming Pao Weekly
Olivia Breitha, author, who was isolated on the Kalaupapa peninsula in Hawaii in 1937, in front of the entrance photo taken of her at Kalihi Hospital at the age of 18. Photo by Natsuko Tominaga, The Nippon Foundation
Francisco A. V. Nunes, “Bacurau”, human rights advocate, community leader, teacher, composer, father, friend. Photo by Pamela Parlapiano
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