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Nepali lepers ready for an expedition to Everest

Apr 26, 2010 4:53:41 AM - thecolombotimes.com

Kathmandu: A group of Nepalese leprosy sufferers is training to climb Mount Everest in an effort to raise awareness and remove the stigma surrounding the disease, expedition organisers said Thursday. Leprosy affects about 160,000 people in impoverished Nepal, where superstitions about the disease often lead to the persecution of victims.