Children Living With Facial Disfigurements

Same Difference

“I’d kill myself if I had a face like yours.” The words used against Marcus, aged 10 at the time, by a fellow pupil.

Marcus was born with a cleft lip and palate and so has a gap between his lip and the roof of his mouth. It led to him being bullied at school.

“When I came home, I just burst into tears and lay on my bed,” he tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, now aged 12.

His mother, Samantha, reported the incident to the school, but says “nothing happened”.

“Something had to be done,” she explains, recalling her decision to get in touch with Changing Faces – the UK’s leading charity on facial disfiguration – which sent one of its representatives into the school to talk to the children.

Now the charity’s latest campaign, called Face Equality, is working on the same principle – rolling out…

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