When skin color becomes disability.
“I was pretending to be asleep, but I saw them cutting her throat and drinking her blood, and then cutting her arms and legs…”
These are the words of Mmindi, recalling the night of December 2008 when her 5-year-old sister, Mariam, was murdered in front of her. Mariam had albinism.
In the inner regions of Sub-Saharian Africa persons with albinism have a very hard life. Not only do they need to fight against the hard tropical sun, that causes skin cancer, but also against discrimination and traditional medicine, that, in recent years, has valued their body parts as elements with magical power that give success and fortune, causing brutal killings and attacks.
Through the lives of the people portrayed in these photos I described all the issues concerning albinism in different regions of Tanzania. From the Lake Victoria region where killings and discrimination still infringe upon these people’s human rights, to the Iringa region tormented with absence of healthcare and the discrimination in Dar-es-Salaam. For these people the Tanzanian government has never been able to guarantee health, education or security. Only through the help of N.G.O.s like Under The Same Sun and Tulime a future is possible for the albinos.
Direct link: The Washington Post – In Sight