The Sun Under The Shade
Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin therefore they become more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancers so they must not be exposed under the sun for a long time. Albinism affects one in 20,000 people worldwide, but in Tanzania the prevalence appears to be much higher.
Due to their phenomenal disorder they become more liable to violence and discrimination mostly in Tanzania where Sorcery and the occult maintain a strong foothold. Among many they are presumed to be cursed and bring bad luck and so many are abandoned by their own family members and some even killed and dismembered due to the superstitions exploited by witch doctors who use such body parts as ingredients in rituals, concoctions and potions with the claim that their magic will bring prosperity and success in business to the user.
These Images are moments captured during my stay with different families in which an Albino might sometimes be born to and brought up by a black skin couple or Conversely an Albino couple would give birth to and raise a black skin child. It is all genetic chance.
Despite many difficulties befallen them, I was quite amazed to see how they are all living in peace and harmony; how they have managed to maintain their stand in the majority black African society and how they have wisely avoided setting up their own community which might lead them to complete isolation. I realized how strong a role HOPE have played in their survival and overcoming the hardships of being different.
To me they are the shinning sun living under the shade.