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Two fully loaded pick-up trucks belonging to Damien Foundation stop at the entrance to the Okobaba slum in the city of Lagos. Doctors, nurses and a translator carry the medicine and other medical equipment through the maze of alleyways, deep into the heart of the slum.
When amputation appears inevitable, Damien Foundation funds the surgery. This is also the case in the remote leprosy camp in Ogbomoso, a city in the state of Oyo in south-western Nigeria.
It is shortly after noon and the residents of the leprosy camp in Oyon are resting in the shade of their home. There is a pleasant atmosphere about the place. Alani is helping his friend Ayo to shave. Since the leprosy deformed his hands Ayo has found it difficult to shave himself.
Mohammed Baba is a university graduate and had a good job with the Ministry of Education: until he got leprosy, lost his job and was forced to live in a hovel in the leprosy colony in Lagos. “We are entirely dependent on the charity of people
Damien Foundation arranged for Mr. Appy to follow a course in shoe making. Since then he has made special sandals and prostheses for all the camp, but still dreams of returning to his home village.
TEXTS: Wendy Huyghe
PHOTOS: Tim Dirven @T.Dirven for Damien Foundation