Van Mon Leprosy Village, Thai Binh, Vietnam

I’m not sure how I came across these videos by Ehrin Macksey… I think I stumbled upon them when a friend was planning a trip to Vietnam and asked me if I knew of any organizations to volunteer at. Anyhow, I’m really glad I did as what I saw really tugged on my heart strings and opened my eyes to the poverty and humanitarian work that takes place in my parents’ motherland beyond the everyday surface level poverty that you see in the streets.

"I have a disease and people stay away from me, nothing means to me anymore in this life. So now I am living and looking forward to the next life."

"I have a disease and people stay away from me, nothing means to me anymore in this life. So now I am living and looking forward to the next life." - Bop

The first video gives background info on the Van Mon Leprosy Village located outside of Hanoi, Vietnam in Thai Binh.

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The second video profiles Bop, one of the patients at Van Mon.

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Bop’s daily struggle of cleaning and feeding himself and merely surviving for that matter, were inspiring if not eye-opening. Saying he has a tough life is an understatement but he plays the hand that he’s dealt. I watch Bop’s profile and think about my Facebook feed being bombarded with status updates that have something to do with how shitty someone’s job is or how much they dread it or, my personal favorite, any post that contains the letters FML. Seriously? I ain’t trying to judge anyone and their crises but people like Bop should really make you think twice as to how lucky we all are.

Ehrin Macksey is based out of Hanoi, Vietnam and works with film and photography in a photojournalistic style. Please visit his website for more photography and information on his work. His photo-essay on homeless mother and son, Ly Thi Mui and Pha, was especially touching. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long while now so much thanks goes to Ehrin for posting his videos on Vimeo for me to embed.

Click for Ehrin Macksey's Photo-Essay

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http://www.ehrinmacksey.com/
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