Brothers Ashfaq and Mushtaq Khan have become outcasts in their village due to a rare genetic abnormality, the Daily Mail tells. Boys suffer from anhydrotic ectodermal dysplasia, due to which their teeth have a pointed shape and little hair grows.
For their unusual appearance, 11-year-old Ashfaq and 8-year-old Mushtak were nicknamed "Ghost Boys". Villagers in Madhya Pradesh state long refused to associate with the brothers, but subjected them to constant ridicule. Eventually the boys themselves began to avoid people.
“Me and my brother are considered ghosts at school. Our classmates don't play with us. It is difficult for us to continue to study, we feel humiliated"
The Han brothers' unusual appearance is due to anhydrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a congenital anomaly that leads to abnormal development of teeth, hair and skin and distorted facial features. Of course, the boys' disease is not contagious, but the inhabitants of the Indian hinterland did not know about it.
Fortunately, representatives of the local public organization learned about the fate of the boys. They conducted a campaign to inform local residents about the state of the Han brothers.
“We have organized two workshops for villagers. We told them about the disease and explained how important it is to help children so that they could live a normal life"
The efforts of the community members reportedly paid off - the villagers stopped avoiding Ashfaq and Mushtak and the boys were able to return to school without fear of bullying. However, this did not solve all the brothers' problems - they need to be regularly monitored by a qualified doctor, for which their mother Abila simply does not have the means. Now she is raising money so that her sons can receive all the necessary medical care.