New book on Father Damien
Leprosy and Human Rights,
Past and Present
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"Father Damien insisted on justice. He insisted that people should not be deprived of their rights or value as human beings because they had a disease. He saw the value, dignity and inspiration in each person . . . we resolve to utilize his legacy fully to promote the basic rights of all individuals, particularly those who have had leprosy."
-- Excerpt, "Quest for Justice" Resolution [click here to see full "Quest for Justice" Resolution]
Kofi Nyarko from Ghana and Dr. P. K . Gopal from India, in front of banners of Father Damien and others to be canonized, on the main (west) facade of St. Peter's Basilica. Photo by Henry Law
Representatives from IDEA, ILEP and AIFO read a joint Resolution, issued on the occasion of Father Damien’s Canonization, in St. Peter’s Square following the canonization ceremony. Photo by Henry Law
A NEW BOOK ON FATHER DAMIEN
The story of Father Damien has been told and retold hundreds of times in books and articles. However, these accounts have generally not included the voices and insights of the people who were most affected by Father Damien's presence, the people who lived and worked alongside him at Kalaupapa. Nor have previous accounts included the words and feelings of his parishioners on the Big Island and in other parts of the island of Molokai. By looking at the 16 years of his life spent at Kalaupapa through the eyes of those who knew him best, this book focuses on Father Damien's relationship with the people of Kalaupapa and also discusses his legacy in the context of current discussions related to leprosy and human rights.
Published by the IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity
All Proceeds go to IDEA