Sixteen-year-old Sahir and his family are from a very poor community living alongside a railway line in western Bangladesh. They farm the land to feed themselves and make ends meet.
But since he was a small child Sahir has – unknowingly – displayed signs of leprosy. A bad ulcer on his left foot resulted in him losing his big toe and leprosy-caused nerve damage means he can no longer straighten the fingers on his left hand which upsets him deeply. Sahir’s community did not know about leprosy and he was becoming increasingly worried about his failing body.
Sahir is amazingly grateful to the kindness of people like you. It meant that Leprosy Mission workers, who recently diagnosed and cured his mum from leprosy, were able to go to his home and diagnose and cure him and his brother and sister from leprosy. But whereas his brother and sister were treated in time to be spared disabilities, Sahir was not so fortunate.