IS TANZANIA STUCK IN THE DARK AGES? "Tragic plight of the 'Tribe of Ghosts" Inside the centre where Tanzania's outcast albinos find refuge from murderers who kill them for their body parts

Beautiful People Who Deserve A Chance In Life!

Lightness Philbert, who doesn't know her age and was abandoned at the centre, nurses a baby who was brought by there by her mother

Surrogate: Lightness Philbert, who doesn't know her age and was abandoned at the Kabanga Protectorate Center, in Kabanga, Tanzania, nurses a baby who was brought by there by her mother

ONE ON ONE WITH THE SPORAH SHOW
Oh this is heartbeaking! Surely more help can be given to these people? Is Tanzania stuck in the dark ages?

White light: Yonge, four, closes her eyes against the bright sunlight. Albinism also affects her eyes with light sensitivity and low vision. The child was abandoned by her parents
Bright future: Yonge, four, closes her eyes against the bright sunlight. Albinism also affects her eyes with light sensitivity and low vision. The child was abandoned by her parents 

The 70-or-so albinos, who range in age from newborns to sexagenarians, are at the centre for a combination of factors. 
Sometimes the parents are afraid of their children, sometimes they are forced to give up their beloved offspring because they fear the prejudices of the people in their own community.

Joy amidst suffering: Girls chatter playfully by a small store just outside the gates of the Kabanga Protectorate Center
Joy in the face of prejudice: Girls chatter playfully by a small store just outside the gates of the Kabanga Protectorate Center

Epifania 'Happiness' Ezra, 16, poses for a portrait in Matiazo Village, Tanzania. She has only ever met one other person with albinism in her life
Epifania 'Happiness' Ezra, 16, poses for a portrait in Matiazo Village, Tanzania. She has only ever met one other person with albinism in her life



MURDERED FOR THEIR HAIR, BONES AND GENITALS: THE HORRIFYING PLIGHT OF ALBINOS IN TANZANIA

An albino child at school in Africa
Albinism is a genetic condition characterised by a deficiency of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes which protects from the sun's ultraviolet rays.
In many African nations - but most commonly in Tanzania - albinos are butchered in the street.
Their remains are used in the macabre human potions used by traditional healers to treat the sick
Believing it will bring them good luck and big catches, fishermen on the shores Lake Victoria weave albino hair into nets.
Bones are ground down and buried in the earth by miners, who believe they will be transformed into diamonds.
The genitals are also sometimes made into treatments to boost sexual potency.

Tribe of ghosts: Eumen Ezekiel, 13, was attacked in 2007 and hasn't seen his mother since. 'I want to be a member of parliament and defend others living with albinism,' he said
Tribe of ghosts: Eumen Ezekiel, 13, was attacked in 2007 and hasn't seen his mother since. 'I want to be a member of parliament and defend others living with albinism,' he said

Zainab, 12, left, stands in a doorway at the Kabanga Protectorate Center, in Kabanga, Tanzania. Zainab and other children and adults have been placed in centers to protect them from being hunted for their body parts
Zainab, 12, left, stands in a doorway at the Kabanga Protectorate Center, in Kabanga, Tanzania. Zainab and other children and adults have been placed in centres to protect them from being hunted for their body parts.

Angel Salvatory, 17, who has skin cancer, buys cloth at the Kabanga Village market in Kabanga, Tanzania on Monday. The photographer says the woman serving her would not look Angel in the eye
Angel Salvatory, 17, who has skin cancer, buys cloth at the Kabanga Village market in Kabanga, Tanzania on Monday. The photographer says the woman serving her would not look Angel in the eye.

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