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Jakarta Post

Stigmatized and ostracized, patients live in Tangerang leper colony

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  06:42 pm
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A man rides a bicycle in a leper colony in Tangerang on Aug. 20.( Kristianto Purnomo)

Stigmatization and discrimination have forced people with leprosy to leave their families or hometowns and settle in a colony in Tangerang, Banten, where the inhabitants support each other. The leper colony is located in Karangsari, Neglasari, near Sitanala Hospital, which used to specialize solely in treating leprosy, as its outpatients chose to settle in the area rather than return to their hometowns, either for the sake of treatment or to avoid discrimination. One patient, 35-year-old Hendra, has chosen to live in the colony so that he can undergo treatment at the Sitanala Hospital instead of live with his wife and children in Tegal, Central Java, because he is afraid of being ostracized back in his hometown. “No one in my village has ever had leprosy, so people there don’t really understand,” Hendra said recently as reported by Leprosy i...