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EGYPT, QALYOUBIYA: A kindergarden and pre-school for children of leprosy patients is run by Caritas. The children get a cup of fresh milk and also some nutritious food every day. Abu Zaabal, Egypt’s leprosy colony 40km north of Cairo, was built in 1933 and lepers were historically brought in by police and were not allowed to leave as isolation was seen as the only treatment. Now living conditions there, with all necessary facilities, are generally much better than in the poor rural villages where most patients come from. Due to this, the 750 or so patients and another 3,000 to 4,000 cured lepers living in the adjoining Abdel Moneim Riad village don’t want to leave anymore. By staying in the village they also don't have to fear from any stigma or derisive comments.
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- Education in the Middle East and North Africa by Claudia Wiens