‘We were stranded, but I loved it’: Inside the world’s first leper colony where the patients don’t want to leave

I don’t want them to do that to Kalaupapa. I don’t want it to change. It’s our home.’ Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease after physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen, is a chronic disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis.