Celebrate Norfolk Charity No 1141245

Work of Leprosy Mission to be highlighted in Norwich 

The vital work of the Leprosy Mission will be highlighted in Norwich on June 10 at the Celebrate Norfolk event, including stories like Munia, a young woman from India whose family set her on fire and chased her away with knives when they suspected she had leprosy.

Victoria Granger, Regional Manager East of England for the Leprosy Mission, said: “Leprosy can see someone outcast from their family, sacked from their job, thrown off public transport and pushed to the very fringes of society?

“Munia (pictured above), a young woman from West Bengal in India, can testify that leprosy still destroys lives. She is profoundly disabled because her leprosy went unchecked for many years. A devastating combination of physical sickness and rejection led to a kind stranger rescuing Munia from her begging site at an Indian railway station. The railway station had become her home after her family had set fire to her and chased her away from her community with knives when they suspected she had leprosy. She was taken, traumatised, to The Leprosy Mission’s Purulia hospital where she remains today.”

Stigma surrounding leprosy in many parts of the world today remains akin to Biblical times. Even beggars begging for their own survival will shun a leprosy-affected person. Although leprosy is now curable, more than three million people globally live with irreversible disabilities because of late treatment from the disease.

You can hear of Munia’s story and more about the work of The Leprosy Mission at a free seminar at Chantry Hall, The Chantry, NR2 1RF, in Norwich city centre at 11am on Saturday June 10, as part of the Celebrate Norfolk event at the nearby Forum, where the Mission will also be exhibiting its work.

The Leprosy Mission (England and Wales) is an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. It aims to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.

For more details contact: Victoriag@tlmew.oeg.uk or ring 01733 516088.