Haji Rahmatiah at her home in the Jongaya leprosy settlement, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Haji Rahmatiah at her home in the Jongaya leprosy settlement, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Haji Rahmatiah, 62, has lived in Jongaya for over 20 years. She was 7 when she discovered she had leprosy but stayed in Pare Pare, Sulawesi, until 1974 when she moved to Makassar. She met her husband, Ilyas, 62, at the Daya leprosy hospital in the city whilst they were both receiving treatment. They have no children but her extended family live with her in the same house. Ilyas is blind and so Haji Rahmatiah supports her family by working as a tailor and by making bags and handicrafts. She also used to run a saving and loan scheme used by members of a self-help group in Jongaya.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download