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Entry Title: "Men of M'Balling"
Name:
Franz Messenbaeck
, Austria
Category and Expertise: Fine Art, Professional


Entry Description: M'Balling is a leprosy village, a village in Senegal at the Atlantic coast south of Dakar. Leprosy belongs to everyday life in M'Balling. The disease is not excluded. The patients
live in the village. Together with their families. Most of them lose fingers and toes due to the disease and go blind at a later stage. At first glance visiting M'Balling is like a journey back to the past. But soon
the catching lust for life and the cordiality of the people here show, that it
is a journey back to the future. Because these men are not outcasts, they live among of patient people and children.