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Fotos del albinismo africano y la cara de la discriminación

Los temores y supersticiones que rodean el albinismo están muy arraigados en la sociedad tanzana

La fotógrafa holandesa Marinka Masséus creó la serie “Under the Same Sun” (Bajo el mismo sol) para crear conciencia sobre las horribles circunstancias que sufren las personas con albinismo (PCA) en Tanzania.

Su meta principal es dar a conocer su belleza y promover un mensaje de aceptación e inclusión.

En Tanzania, cuando un individuo sufre albinismo, se piensa que es malo. Incluso hay precio puesto por la cabeza de los niños con este tipo de trastorno genético, al considerarlo de mala suerte, el objetivo es matarlo. A muchísimos niños albinos se les niegan los derechos humanos más fundamentales; son despreciados y se les deja en claro que su existencia es una maldición y viven con un temor constante a agresivos ataques.

Como consecuencia de los asesinatos, muchos de ellos, viven en campamentos lejos de sus familias quienes los rechazan, al tiempo que buscan, mantenerlos a salvo. Están aislados, separados, ocultos, a menudo maltratados y avergonzados.

Hay organizaciones que trabajan con intensidad en la búsqueda de protección solar para África y así ayudar a las PCA, organizaciones como “Under the Same Sun” en Canadá o “Stichting Afrikaanse Albino’s” y “Stichting Inside the Same” en los Países Bajos.

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This photo series was created in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation and ‘Stichting Afrikaanse Albino's’ to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Africa, specifically Tanzania. In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts and they will live in constant fear of brutal attacks.

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This photo series was created in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation and ‘Stichting Afrikaanse Albino's’ to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism (PWA) living in Africa, specifically Tanzania. In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts.  Many children with albinism are denied the most fundamental human rights. They are despised and taught that they are evil, that their existence is a curse. They live in constant fear of brutal attacks. Many of those who have been attacked are young children. In December of 2014, a 4 year-old girl with albinism named Pendo Emmanuelle, was taken from her mother’s arms. Police have yet to find her body. In February 2015, Yohana Bahati, a boy of just 18 months, was taken from his home, his mother’s face slashed with machetes as she tried to protect her son. She narrowly survived. Days later, little Yohana’s body was recovered from a forest, where he was found face down in the mud with his arms and legs hacked off. Because of killings like this, many children with albinism now live in camps. Rejected by and cut-off from their families, they live separate from society in order to keep them safe. In some of the camps the living circumstances are horrible, with even basic care lacking. And this separation doesn’t solve the problems. It doesn’t help with integration. It doesn’t give them a chance to grow into valued and respected members of society. They are secluded, kept apart, hidden, often mistreated and shamed. That’s why the mission of the Josephat Torner Foundation is social acceptance and

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