Shame and Isolation
Though ‘normal’ in every other sense, because of the facial deformity and speech impediment, children born with clefts are condemned to grow up as social outcasts and objects of ridicule.
Being born with a cleft is truly a curse for most children. Many, especially girls, are either killed at birth or abandoned. Those who grow up with untreated clefts have trouble getting a place at school and are often ridiculed by other children. Lacking education, they do not find jobs and are unable to start a family, and lead normal lives. Their families face shame and humiliation.