Karima, first came to Facing Africa with severe facial defects. People found it difficult to look at her. Just think how damaging that must be for a child. Her ability to communicate was almost non-existent and she would literally hide behind her sister whenever strangers were near. The confidence to smile, to laugh or to communicate openly is something that many of us take for granted. For children affected by Noma though, it’s just not that simple. And the disfiguration caused by such a savage disease can leave severe and damaging emotional scars as well as physical ones. But if you were to meet Karima today, you would see a confident, happy child who’s looking forward to the future.
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