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Story Publication logo August 17, 2016

Sri Lanka: Love, Hope and Leprosy


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.

As plans are being made to turn Sri Lanka’s oldest leprosy hospital into a museum or a geriatric...


In this 15-minute documentary, Ross Velton discovers how a forgotten generation of people with leprosy have found sanctuary in a 300-year-old Sri Lankan hospital.

Abandoned by their families and stigmatised by society, they became artists and musicians, they fell in love with one another, and they tried to build the community they couldn't find in the outside world.

Now, their stories are inspiring others to carry on the fight to end the stigma of leprosy.


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