Mohammad Latif Khatana, 32, from Kashmir, India, cannot see or work due to the severe creases on his face. Strangers spit on the road as he walks, disgusted by his features. He is now over the moon that his wife is seven months pregnant, but worried his son or daughter will look like him. He said: “I cannot wait to be a father and have some happiness in my life. But I worry every day and pray my child is not born like me.”
Latif, who lives high in the mountains with his 25-year-old wife Salima, in Tuli Bana, in Jammu and Kashmir, travels to Srinagar for four months of the year to beg and find money. He was born with a small lump on his face but it has continued to grow and form huge flaps across his face, making it impossible for him to see.