The IDEA Banner of Honor is displayed at the cemetary at Robben Island where individuals who has leprosy were buried. Photo by Henry Law
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Long time Residents of Kalaupapa, Ben Pea and David Kupele Stading near the site of the Baldwin Home, where they lived until it was closed in 1932 Bungarun (former Derby Leprosarium) Cemetary Memorial Mamoru Kunimoto at Homecoming Hill, Tama Zenshoen National Hansen’s Disease Sanatorium, Japan Church in Sighisoara, Romania, with a pulpit built on the exterior where the people with leprosy were not allowed in the church The interior of St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Bergen, Norway House of Ivan Skelton, Qual Island, New Zealand S.K. Jung (right) and M.W. Park in front of the monument to commemorate the lives of the 84 people who were killed on Sorok Island Leprosy Garveyard, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick, Canada Chang Wen Bin resident of Lo Sheng, Taiwan, under the beams in the old hospital where people would hang themselves

Leprosy Museum, St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Bergen, Norway

Historic Monument Related to Leprosy, Sighisoara, Romania

Leprosy Museum and Graveyard, Tracadie-Sheila, New  Brunswick, Canada

Robben Island, South Africa

Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii

National Hansen’s Disease Center Museum, Carville, Louisiana, USA

Tama Zensho-en and other H.D. Sanatoria, Japan

Quail Island, New Zealand 

Culion, Philippines

Tichilesti Hospital, Romania

Sungai Buloh, Malaysia

Bungarun Cemetery Memorial, Australia

Sorok Island, South Korea

Lo Sheng Sanatorium, Taiwan

Robben Island, South Africa
Robben Island, a World Heritage Site, is, in the words of the Robben Island Museum, a symbol of “the indestructibility of the human spirit of resistance against colonialism, injustice and oppression.”  It is estimated that between 3,500 and 4,000 people with leprosy were sent to Robben Island between 1845-1931.

Mimi Badamuti places a shell lei on the grave of an unidentified individual who was isolated on Robben Island due to Leprosy
Erna Moller, The Leprosy Mission South Africa, holds the South Africa panel that remembers five individuals who had Leprosy and made important contributions to history and humanity
Left to Right: Tiruwork Mengistu, Birke Negatu (IDEA, Ethiopia) and Saruto Labbo (IDEA, Nigeria) look at an exhibit containing a photograph of women isolated on Robben Island because they had leprosy. Photo by Henry Law
Left to right: Saruto Labbo (IDEA Nigeria), Chamada Abibo (IDEA Mozambique), Alhaji Shehu S/Fada (IDEA Nigeria) and Miyoji Morimoto (IDEA Japan) in front of an exhibit on Robben Island that recalls the words of Ahmed Kathrada. Photo by Pamela Parlapiana