INDIA0253/ the mechanics of Leprosy in 2012
Short and sweet here.
Leprosy affects millions of ASIANS
this unfortunate soul has no digits /fingers in his hands
he walks rolling himself on this makeshift wagon.
one hand propels him in order to ambulate. he slides his hand through a flip flop and it cushions his movements.
his feet are both bandaged probably by himself to show the horrible loss of toes and a part of his feet due to the MYCOBACTERIUM Leprae that attacks the nerve roots so that he doesnt feel pain.
Only when the wounds become infected and ulcerated do they cause pain and i myself have assisted in carving out the ULCERS in soles of feet in varanasi and other venues.
Lepra colonies abound in INDIA
The bandages also serve as a defense against the flies that feed on the wounds since he doesnt feel their attack.
His face is drooped because his nerve endings are dying if not dead.
Ironically for him he is thankful he has this physical deformity for it feeds his aching belly too
a beggar like him will earn more than a non deformed beggar.
you can help..........
if you get past the initial shock.