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These Photos Fight Harmful Superstitions About Albino Children In Tanzania

These Photos Fight Harmful Superstitions About Albino Children In Tanzania image

These Photos Fight Harmful Superstitions About Albino Children In Tanzania

In Tanzania, children born with albinism are ostracized and feared. Due to superstition, many believe the children to be evil, which leads to abusive treatment, killings, and even dismemberment.

Photographer Marinka Masséus is using art to draw attention to the heartbreaking topic and challenge harmful beliefs.

In her series Under The Same Sun, the Dutch photographer captures beautiful portraits of Tanzanian children both with and without albinism. The children appear calm, linking hands or standing side-by-side to contrast their skin tones.

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," Masséus says. " 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."

"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 series seeks to show the beauty of albinism and send a positive message of hope and inclusion. It was created in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation and ‘Stichting Afrikaanse Albino's' and won the Lucie Award - IPA Photographer of the Year 2016.

Via Design Daba

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