Photographer documents the hope and terror of being an Albino in Tanzania

May 08, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

Albinism is a congenital disorder, due to a lack of pigment in the skin, hair or eyes and despite being a natural condition is considered to be a taboo in many parts of the world. Discrimination against people with albinism is rampant, especially in Tanzania and the horrors of what people with albinism go through are now coming to the fore.

A child born with albinism has a price on its head in Tanzania because their body parts are sold for a large sum of money to witch doctors and superstitious people. It is believed that the sacrifice of an albino body part brings good luck.

Marinka Masseus is a Dutch photographer created a photo series called 'Under the same sun' to raise awareness and shed light on the ill-treatment of the albino community in Tanzania. Her aim is to show their beauty and build a more accepting and inclusive society.

Many children with albinism are denied basic human rights and people/children with albinism are often killed or hunted down. 

Many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the child at birth or both mother and child will be shunned by the entire community

Because of all the killings, children with albinism live in secluded camps for their own safety and protection. A lot of these children have been banished by their families and villages

PWA (persons with albinism) also face another threat in Tanzania from the harsh climate and the sun. Their skin is not able to deal with direct harsh light and so a lot of these children don't like to step out

People and children with albinism need all the help and support they can get as their condition and state of living grows worse each day.

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