National Geographic : 1945 Oct
Willard Price At This Inviting Seaside Colony American Medical Missionaries Cared for 800 Outcasts, Victims ofLeprosy Formerly Korean lepers roamed the countryside; a few still do. Some practiced cannibalism in hope that human flesh would cure them. Near Junten (Sunchon) the Southern Presbyterian Church operated these rest homes and a hospital. Lepers grew their own food, caught fish, and made handicrafts. Japanese, acknowledging the leprosarium's value, made contributions. However, they jailed its native pastor for rejecting Shinto shrines andemperor worship. Now itsmissionaries, like some 600 others in Korea, have gone home. Some were imprisoned and tortured.