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.