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A glance at India - Our days in Raxaul, part 6

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Photo: © Pál Teravágimov - Sewing circle

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The shootings

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... In the previous issues of the Nature Photo Magazine I presented Raxaul and I told the story how we got to this faraway part of the world.Let’s see now how were our days of shooting in the Duncan hospital and around Raxaul. ...
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... When I spotted something interesting I walked there and I tried to guess who is the head of the family or the most respected man.I walked straight to him with a big smile, I greeted him with raising my hand to my forehead (even if I had to do it hundred times a day) and asked for permission to photograph. ...
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... After the first couple of occasion I learned that it was the sign of approval.The first photo was always taken of “the local chief” and I showed him the result immediately.. ...
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... Usually he smiled and the atmosphere became more relaxed and I could start to photograph those whom I actually picked out.I asked everybody before shooting whether I could go on (except of the children) but it was only a formality since after the approval of the head of the family everybody said yes. ...
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... Women were a bit more shy but after I showed them the first pictures they usually started to like it and pulled each other in front of the camera.If I wanted to get inside a house I asked for a permission again and I was never refused. ...
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Photo: © Pál Teravágimov - Cutting the forage in the lepers’ village

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... You have to know that Raxaul is not a place where foreign photographers can be seen frequently (even those who work in the hospital do not go out those places I have been to) so for the locals my appearance was at least as exciting and interesting as for me.I took my time if the atmosphere was good I sat with the people and showed the pictures to them, we were chatting and laughing. ...
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... No secret that I made some little tricks too.For example, I was in the leper’s village in an afternoon when I noticed someone crossing the little, shallow river which is the border between India and Nepal by bicycle. ...
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... He did not really understand at first but he finally he did it and returned to the river and came out again.But I think that’s fit in. ...
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Sundarpur

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... I mentioned Sunderpur, the village of the lepers several times, it is about 15 minutes walk from Raxaul.Actually it is a very nice and tidy little village, much nicer than Raxaul so we visited it quite frequently. ...
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Photo: © Pál Teravágimov - Baby in Raxaul

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Community projects

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... In the Duncan Hospital a separate department works on the support of the so-called community development projects.This means that the hospital supports different community initiatives in about 250 nearby villages. ...
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... The most important initiative of the hospital is to eliminate illiteracy which prevents any progress.The Duncan Hospital also operates rural prenatal clinics. ...
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Photo: © Pál Teravágimov - Weaving workshop in Sundarpur

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Farewell to Raxaul

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... The three weeks we spent in Raxaul almost seemed like a moment.The last afternoon passed in the spirit of the farewell. ...
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... “May it be a strange way to spend a three-weeks holiday working almost continuously, but did not regret it at all.I’ve seen, experienced and learned a lot during the three weeks. ...
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... Text, images, video: Pál Teravágimov . ...
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