Diego Ravier: Theater of Life
There is a village tucked away in Mokolo, Cameroon whose residents have all been affected by leprosy. The biblical disease was marked as extremely contagious and for hundreds of years, had societies force lepers to leave their homes and go live on the outskirts of the city. With the advancements in medicine and technology, the face of leprosy has changed. Today the disease is curable and an early diagnosis is very important to prevent devastating effects which could be the loss of digits and rotting limbs. By increasing the effectiveness of multi-drug therapy, the WHO strategic plan is to achieve the goal of less than 1 case per 10.000 population. Presently, the plan to eradicate leprosy is not yet readily available.
Photographer Diego Ravier visited the inhabitants of the village and named his photographs from the trip, Theatre of Life having been moved by their lively and cheerful personalities. One cannot help but be drawn to the eyes and smile of each individual, revealing a soft joy that only they know. Through this series of pictures, Ravier shares with us the emotions of simply regular people who have been forced to carry an identity undeserving, but clearly go about living their lives to the fullest capacity.
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