From the leper island to the mainland

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Posted 02 Jun 2011 in china

For sixty years, people affected with leprosy were living isolated. On Dajin island, Southern China, hundreds of men and women grew up together, living on their own, separated from their parents and relatives. Forty of them are still alive, living a peaceful life, far from China frenzy. But early this year, the governement decided to claim back this virgin island to dig pools and tunnels for a new nuclear power station on the continent. It was time for lepers to move away and enjoy freedom. Although they are all cured, lepers from Dajin refused to live separated. They now enjoy a new piece of land together… in the middle of Dongguan factories, where most of “made in china” shoes come from. See the full set of copyright pictures here

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