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Resource August 18, 2016

Meet the Journalist: Ross Velton on "The Ghosts of Leprosy"

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Gunathilike was sent to the Hendala Leprosy Hospital in 1946. He plays the mouth organ in the hospital band. Image by Ross Velton. Sri Lanka, 2015.
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As plans are being made to turn Sri Lanka’s oldest leprosy hospital into a museum or a geriatric...

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Edward Alwis arrived at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital when he was fourteen. Now he's eighty-six and he's still there. Image by Ross Velton. Sri Lanka, 2015.
Edward Alwis arrived at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital when he was fourteen. Now he's eighty-six and he's still there. Image by Ross Velton. Sri Lanka, 2015.

Ross Velton travels to Sri Lanka to meet a forgotten generation of leprosy sufferers. A few old men and women have been living at the 300-year-old Hendala Leprosy Hospital for most of their adult lives. Abandoned by society, they were forced to build a world for themselves inside the hospital. Their stories have inspired others to carry on the fight to end the stigma of leprosy in Sri Lanka.

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