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So many people are suffering

In many developing countries there are tens of thousands of people who suffer as a result of amputated or deformed limbs. The causes of this misery are many, but include birth defects, communicable diseases such as leprosy and polio, non-communicable diseases such as vascular disorders and diabetes, snake bites, and traumatic injuries as a result of accidents, natural disasters and armed conflict.

A burden on the family

With severe limitations to what they are able to do, people disabled in this way become a burden to families who already have very meagre resources, and are often condemned to spend their lives begging on the streets.

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