Southern Sudan III

Leprosy and Poverty, June 2006

Situated on a bleak plane, near Juba town, the new capital of Southern Sudan, is situated Luri Rokwe leper colony; an archaic and sad reminder of how this bleak corner of Africa has been forgotten by the world after over twenty years of civil war.

Established by the government in Khartoum in 1948 as a place to put highly infectious cases of leprosy, it stands as a remains a symbol of this stigmatised and ancient disease.

The population of the community is over 2000. Many have lost limbs, fingers and toes. Others are blind. All struggle to find enough food and water on a daily basis and the health centre has only one medical assistant – delivery of essential drugs is sporadic.

  • The effects of a previous leprosy infection. Leprosy attacks the nervous system. Kate Holt.
  • Margarita lies abandoned by her family in a filthy hut. With only a mosquito net to keep her warm. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly couple, who both suffered from leprosy over 30 years ago, share what little food they have. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly couple, who both suffered from leprosy over 30 years ago, share what little food they have. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly man, blinded as a result of leprosy he contracted over forty years ago. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly woman who suffered from leprosy over 30 years ago cries as she recounts the death of one of her sons. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly woman with what little food she has left for the month in Luri Rokwe Leper Colony. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly man who suffered from leprosy over ten years ago, is unable to walk or stand up any longer. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly woman, who suffered from leprosy, used to live at Luri Rokwe leper colony. Kate Holt.
  • A former leprosy sufferer, now blind, lives on the streets in Juba. Kate Holt.
  • A former leprosy sufferer, now blind lives on the street in Juba. Kate Holt.
  • A former leprosy sufferer, shows a recent burn mark that the hospital refuse to treat. Kate Holt.
  • Two elderly women, who previously suffered from leprosy, have lived on this step in Juba for over 30 years. Kate Holt.
  • A man in the leprosy consultation room of Juba teaching hospital. Kate Holt.
  • The waiting room of the leprosy control unit in Juba teaching hospital. Kate Holt.