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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy

FROM THE EDITORS: TEARS AND JOY

“I read about how it only required a scratch on a piece of paper or a fingerprint to ‘sign’ your child away. This information encouraged me to pursue my search for my history, for a piece of my heritage, for family.” So explained Esther Harvey when she spoke of the nine-year journey that led her to her sister, Nurul, earlier this year.

Esther and Nurul are the daughters of leprosy patients who were forced to give up their baby girls and never saw them again.

Few who heard them speak during their recent visit to Japan (see page 3) could fail to have been moved by what they heard. Their sadness at never meeting their parents was heart wrenching; their astonishment and joy at discovering each other was uplifting. It takes courage to express such feelings in public. Thank you, Esther and Nurul, for sharing your stories.