Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ram Chandra

Ram Chandra and his family live at the old leprosarium in Khokana where Krishna Gurung grew up. Both Ram and his wife have leprosy, but their children are completely healthy (counter to fears about the disease, it is not highly contagious or hereditary.)
Families like Ram's are truly living on the outer fringes of society- isolated and with very little means of livelihood, they are barely scraping by. As soon as we arrived, Ram started telling Krishna about their desperate circumstances, dramatically pointing to his threadbare shirt, saying "It's the only one I have."

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