Hansen’s disease, or Leprosy, is an ancient yet treatable disease that has not yet been defeated.
It affects more than 200,000 people worldwide each year, mainly in India, Brazil and Indonesia, which account for 80% of cases.
Literature conveys a stereotypical image of leprosy. Keep away! Contact should be avoided!
And this creates a heavy stigma towards the patient. It is a social disease that develops in the poorest environments, in very bad hygienic conditions and in undernourished people.
I photographed life in Saint Damien hospital in Khulna, Bangladesh, where the Sisters of the Immaculate, PIME missionaries, monitor and treat both leprosy and tuberculosis patients.
I photographed community moments where all patients play games or watch TV, have a chat during the medications or during the meals.
I wanted to see the houses where the sick live, so I was taken to the slums of Rupsha and Green Field.
A mixture of mud, dust, open drains, sheet metal, nailed wood, glitter and coloured ribbons; sparse and bare rooms, hard beds, aluminum vases and other dented and dirty containers.
This is their life.
The images of the places alternate with close-up portraits, where faces, eyes and expressions transform a leper into a human being.
- When 2018 and 2020
- Where Khulna - Bangladesh