The Baobab Grave

The tree is marked with a handpainted sign that reads: "The grave for people who suffered from leprosy in the past." The bodies within may have been left there as recently as the 1950s. In Malawi, Africa, the home of Liwonde National Park, some cultures believe that burying people who died from disease will cause the earth itself to become diseased. Leprosy also remains stigmatized in other parts of the world that don't have access to modern medical treatments.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Though leprosy is curable, it persists in places without access to modern medical care. 00:16

  2. Communities affected by leprosy often don't receive enough food or funds. 00:40

  3. People with leprosy can contract the disease as children and live for many years. 01:09

Written by Curiosity Staff June 12, 2015