“Two weeks ago I thought I was going to die. I had pains on my chin and couldn’t talk anymore,” fifty year old Maïmouna Mohamed says. ”Fortunately, Geeske Zijp of The Leprosy Mission attended the infection on my chin. I expect it to be healed by next week. The Leprosy Mission delivers the things I need, without their help I wouldn’t be alive anymore.”
Maïmouna Mohamed is mother of Abdelkerim Handan (20) and was married to Krapatim Abano until she was diagnosed with leprosy and he banished her and her son. Since then they have lived in poverty.
Maïmouna is proud of her son who pays for his own tuition by working as a homebuilder with his uncle in the holidays, “he’s the best in his class, the best of 114 students… I have no man for back up, but I do have a son to take care of.
“My son is always taken care of by Geeske of The Leprosy Mission. When I’m sick, Geeske brings me porridge and medicine and, if needed, takes me to the hospital. The Leprosy Mission fed me when I was hungry.
“I lost my little finger because of leprosy and my hands are numb. I have to be more careful I don’t burn myself because I don’t feel heat. I reach for hot objects with a piece of cardboard, otherwise the risk of burning my hand is too great without feeling it.
“Still, my heart is at ease: I’m not afraid of the future anymore since I know The Leprosy Mission.”