A German nun left heartbroken after seeing leprosy patients in Pakistan, where it was believed as a punishment from God & patients were ostracized, left everything behind & moved there to fight leprosy alone. She got the country (then population of 127 million) rid of disease.

Non-Muslim Saviour of a Muslim Country

Year is 1960, leprosy runs rampant in Pakistan. Even worse, it is considered a curse by God. People don’t touch lepers, believing their condition to be contagious, they aren’t treated, they are condemned to colonies created for them away from general population. There they wait to die in isolation, in agonizing pain, with flesh rotting & falling off. If there is a fate worse than death, that is it. Their plight is unlikely to change, no hope is in sight, as far as the eyes go. But unbeknownst to them, God has other plans.

Lepers Colony in Karachi

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A young Catholic nun gets stuck in Karachi en-route to India with her mission due to a visa issue. Here she witnesses the suffering of lepers, it breaks her, it batter… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

9 thoughts on “A German nun left heartbroken after seeing leprosy patients in Pakistan, where it was believed as a punishment from God & patients were ostracized, left everything behind & moved there to fight leprosy alone. She got the country (then population of 127 million) rid of disease.”

  1. tadawhiskey

    Wow. Learning about Sister Pfau was humbling and I’m thankful that you shared this!

  2. DenversTrain

    She was an amazing person. She was inspired to become a doctor after watching her brother succumb to a lung infection when she was young–she believed he could’ve been saved if someone had treated him sooner. Clearly she went on to take that lesson to heart and to save other lives!

  3. sunatmywindow

    >Sister Pfau’s anti-leprosy war gains momentum, a journey from a small hut in lepers colony grows to Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, where patients not just from all of Pakistan but from Afghanistan too arrive for treatment. Her drive against leprosy gets government’s attention, she is made advisor on leprosy to ministry of health. She collects donations, goes to areas where no one steps, does everything in her capacity for her noble cause. The restless struggle bears fruit, in 1996, Pakistan becomes one of very first Asian countries to control leprosy.

    She sounds like an amazing woman.

  4. Captainirishy

    She really did well, there were only 342 cases of leprosy in Pakistan last year.

  5. sober_disposition

    That’s amazing! The ignorance of some societies is astounding and religion can never be an excuse. People should be better and this lady sets an excellent example and highlight the good that religion can do as well.

  6. jack--king

    Honestly bruv, please dont critisise someone who devoted their life to save others.

  7. happyasfuck333

    “Then population of 127 million” plus the fact that you don’t give a current population makes it sound like she went to the country and murdered everyone with the disease

  8. BesticleBear

    One nun army doing the work of a country what a legend lived a long and full life too.

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