• Short Summary

    FIFTEEN YEARS AGO LAST SUNDAY (28 JANUARY) SAW THE INAUGURATION OF INTERNATIONAL LEPROSY DAY. AS?

  • Description

    FIFTEEN YEARS AGO LAST SUNDAY (28 JANUARY) SAW THE INAUGURATION OF INTERNATIONAL LEPROSY DAY. AS IN MANY OTHER PARTS OF AFRICA, THE DAY WAS DULY CELEBRATED IN DAHOMEY. THE ORGANISERS DECIDED TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE LEPERS OF THE NORTH, AND THEREFORE NATITINGOU WAS CHOSEN FOR THE CEREMONIES, WHICH AIMS TO SHOW SYMPATHY AND FRIENDSHIP FOR THEIR UNDERPRIVILEGED BROTHERS.

    LEAVING THE CAPITAL OF COTONOU TO TAKE PART IN THE CEREMONIES WERE SEVERAL DIGNITARIES, HEADED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, LT-COLONEL ALPHONSE ALLEY. ACCOMPANYING THE PRESIDENT WAS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH, M. BONI, THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE U.S.A., WEST GERMANY, ISRAEL, NIGERIA, GHANA, AND MANY OTHERS. THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS WAS STRONGLY REPRESENTD, AND THE HOSPITAL SERVICES WERE THERE TO SHOW THEIR SOLICITUDE AND HUMANITY.

    IN AN OFF-THE-CUFF SPEECH, DR. SAUVAGET, THE SENIOR DOCTOR IN THE NATITINGOU HOSPITAL, THANKED THE CHIEF OF STATE AND THE MANY OTHER DIGNITARIES FOR THE INTEREST IN THE CELEBRATIONS. DR. SAUVAGET HELD OUT A RAY OF HOPE FOR THE VICTIMS OF LEPROSY -- IN DAHOMEY ALONE, MORE THAN 15,000 LEPERS HAD BEEN POSITIVELY CURED.

    IN HIS TURN, THE MEDICAL-LIEUTENANT M. PIERRE BONI, EXPRESSED THE VIEW THAT THE REAL LEPER WAS NOT THE MAN WHO LOST HIS HANDS OR FEET, WHO WAS DISFIGURED BY DISEASE -- HE COULD BE CURED. THE TRUE LEPER WAS THE MAN WHO CARRIED LEPROSY IN HIS HEART, THE MAN WHO LIVED SELFISHLY, GIVING NO THOUGHT FOR OTHERS. HE HAD LITTLE CHARITY, AND LITTLE LOVE.

    HOWEVER, AT ANTITINGOU THEY HAD BEEN MORE THAN A LITTLE SURPRISED BY THE GENEROSITY OF THEIR SYMPATHIZERS. THEY H AD RECEIVED CLOTHERS, RICE; THE DAHOMEY RED CROSS HAD POURED 36,000 FRAN???S INTO RESEARCH. THANKS WERE ALSO DUE TO MANY INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS, TO UNICEF, AND TO THE RAOUL FOLLEREAU FOUNDATION, WHO HAD BROUGHT SO MUCH TO HELP WIPE OUT THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA5BTE5XFIY3X88TB6YESY5RD8
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5BTE5XFIY3X88TB6YESY5RD8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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