Photo Credit: Sam Olukoya
A leprosy afflicted resident of a colony in the Abo forest where lepers have settled to escape discrimination.
Lepers in the Forest
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There are only about 200,000 cases of leprosy left in the world. But the stigma against it is so strong in Nigeria, about 70 former leprosy patients now live in the Aboh forest. Despite mosquitoes, snakes, and dirty drinking water, the lepers say it’s better in the forest than being treated like pariahs in the city. Sam Olukoya takes us into the forest to see how these people live.
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