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Addis Hiwot Leprosy

Agton Strom | Ethiopia

A woman looks away after explaining to a health worker that her husband left her for another woman and leaving her without funds to pay her health care.

The Ethiopian leprosy village, Addis Hiwot, was founded in the 60’s by European missionaries and received support by the Ethiopian government.

After the Marxist coup in ’74 the foreign workers were expelled, the water and electricity disconnected and thousand of villagers were left with arid fields and a lack of adequate healthcare to treat their leprosy. Over 30 years later the living conditions seem unbearable but with the help of a few devoted individuals the situation is slowly improving.




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