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Morhan

We are having a workshop on the preservation of Leprosy History now at the National Hansen’s Disease Museum on 24th and 25th, and then we will move to Okayama to have a symposium. Experts from Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil and Taiwan get together for this occasion.
Prior to the workshop, we had a visit by people from Morhan, Brazil.
National Coordinator Artur and his son Artur Junior are such energetic persons to fight against various issues resulting from Hansen’s disease. It might be because of such energy they generate that I felt as if our office has been brightened up when they entered. http://www.morhan.org.br/
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Let me introduce a part of “History” of Morhan at this occasion.
Morhan is an organization founded in 1981 by Mr. Bacurau, who himself was a person suffered from leprosy, with a vision to help people affected by leprosy to get back into society. Morhan has been grown up well enough to affect a national health policy decision now.
Mr. Bacurau was diagnosed with leprosy at age of 6. He spent 21years of his life in sanatorium under the national quarantine policy at that time. After leaving the sanatorium, he studied hard all by himself and became an elementary school teacher, he wrote 2 books, composed poetries and songs, became a member of executive committee of federation of disabled people consisting of 60 organizations and then founded “Morhan” where people affected by leprosy play important role in its activities.
Under severe discrimination and prejudice against people affected by leprosy, he created his own life with dignity as a human being and finally enjoyed the fruit of labor through thousands of challenges and difficulties.
By learning his “History”, we can feel the possibility of a human being, we can believe that we have power to change the world even when we are suffering from illness or prejudice, and that brings us the strength to believe that there is always light of hope even in the very darkness of the life.