Tetsuo Sakurai, poet.

We [sufferers of leprosy] have been segregated, true. That was something the laws did, and we could not do anything about it. Yet even when your body is segregated, there is no need for your mind to also be confined, is there? If that happens, it is just too sad . . . . I just want someone to know that I have existed, and have lived here. I do not want to die quietly, without anybody knowing about it.

Tetsuo Sakurai, Poet, Japan, who has been isolated from society for most of his life due to leprosy

The strength of true human spirit. Sometimes we feel alone and it is society which does that to you. But those who understand it is not about the body will find strength from within.

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