Dieter Telemans

Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

28 year old Same Shetumba begs every day at a big intersection close to the foreign embassies in Dar Es Salaam. He is from Tanga, a region in the North along the coast, which he left in 2005 after his parents passed away. He has no home and sleeps wherever he can, under a tree or at a bus stop. Begging earns him about 3,000 Shillings a day (1.8 Euros) which is enough to buy food. But staying in the sun for many hours every day is damaging his skin. Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania albinos have been killed and mutilated, victims of a growing criminal trade in albino body parts fuelled by superstition and greed. Limbs, skin, hair, genitals and blood are believed by witch doctors to bring good luck, and are sold to clients for large sums of money, carrying with them the promise of instant wealth.

Object Name
Dieter Telemans
Dar Es Salaam
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36.98 x 24.65 cm (300 dpi)
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