Tanzania has one of the largest populations of Albinos in the world, an estimated 170,000. Albinism is a genetically inherited disorder. Sufferers have no or little pigmentation in skin, hair and eyes.
Albinos have the highest risk of getting SKIN CANCER. It’s their biggest killer. The sun is extremely damaging for their skin, but they can´t afford proper sun protection products. The average life expectancy is 30 years. Normally Albinos have the same life expectancy as the general population.
An absurd myth claims that Albinos have magical powers. Albinos are BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED, targeted for their legs, hands, fingers, heads and genitals. There is a sinister trade of Albino body parts for the use in witchcraft rituals and good luck charms, promising success and richness.
All Albinos are born with LOW VISION, due to the lack of pigmentation in their eyes. With no access to eye health care and affordable vision aid, such as glasses, children with Albinism are doomed to drop out of school. With no education they can´t break the chain of poverty.
Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) is a non-profit organization established in 1978 by Albinos. TAS is helping to protect and empower Albinos in Tanzania and serves over 12,000 registered members. TAS accepted the Martin Luther King Major Drum for Justice Award in 2009.
Please www.tanzaniaalbinosociety.org and watch the video Spell of the Albino. Meet two Albino children, victims of vicious attacks. Their body parts hacked off and sold. (You may find some of the images disturbing).