The Sungai Buloh leprosy settlement in Malaysia has featured in this newsletter on a number of occasions, most recently in the form of a new book introduced on page 5. In addition to oral histories, A Valley Where Birds and Insects Sing for Hope contains many photographs. Some were provided by the elderly residents - precious mementos of their earlier selves. Others were taken by photographers such as locally-born Terry Yan.
Yan admitted that he knew nothing about the settlement until he took up his camera and went in. "Through the lens," he writes, "I began to know the Settlement, and realized it played an important role in history." Thanks to Yan and all who contributed to the book, that history will not be forgotten.