Homeless elderly women live with leprosy
  • By Toan Vu | | September 13, 2017 03:20 PM
More than 10 homeless elderly women have chosen to live at an abandoned leprosy treatment centre in Hanoi’s outskirts for many years.

Da Bac leprosy treatment centre is located in Minh Phu Commune, Soc Son District. In 2013, the centre was relocated, but more than 10 female patients who are homeless decided to stay. They also wanted to stay at the centre to worship those who died there.



Khuat Thi Oanh, 70, in Phu Tho Province said she had stayed at the centre for nearly half of decade, so she wanted to live there until she dies.

Another patient Nguyen Thi Soi said that she has been familiar with the centre where she had lived for nearly 50 years.

After the centre was relocated, they have had to fend for themselves. But, thanks to the support of some voluntary groups, their life has become partially less difficult.

“The volunteers bring them chicken and dogs to raise, which helps them to feel less lonely,” Soi said.


Le Thi Lien, 81, in Hanoi’s Gia Lam District said that she and other patients expect to be visited by someone. “We face leprosy, so many people do not want to see us,” she said. She grows different kinds of vegetables at the centre for the daily meals.


Nguyen Xuan Vui, 80, in Soc Son District is luckier than other patients as she has children. But, sometimes, Vui comes to visit other patients at the centre.

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