I’ve just posted a new series of photographs on Leprosy Eliminated? and other stories. It’s, as this title suggests, about three communities: Enyindakurom – the ‘leprosy village’, Ankaful hospital, and St Clare’s – the care home for those severely handicapped by leprosy. Theoretically there’s a linear relationship between the three; one gets leprosy and goes to the hospital; they then get placed in the nearby leprosy settlement (naturally, with improvements on social welfare and human rights, this doesn’t happen any more); then after they become too frail, or infirmed, they get moved to the care home.
It’s a crude direction. It is, no doubt reflected in the lives a few individuals at the care-home, perhaps even lives to come in the leprosy community.
Yaa Dede, 55, got leprosy age 31 and has 6 children. She says of her future: ‘I don’t have any aims. I relied on my farming. Now my leg’s amputated I have nothing to do. I can’t go and work in the farm again.’ Ankaful Hospital 2012
Kwaku Ananko’s fingers, feet and eyes are severely damaged by leprosy. He’s in his 40s, a musician, usually on his bicycle and seems to be in a perpetual state of delirious happiness. Enyindakurom 2012
Maame Esi lies in her bed. Above it hangs a certificate of thanks from the Franciscans given to her just seven years ago for all her hard work. St Clare’s 2012