Dieter Telemans

Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

Andrew attends his eye appointment at the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) in Dar Es Salaam. All albinos are visually impaired due to a lack of pigmentation in the eyes. Despite his low vision, Andrew completed school and then completed a degree in 2006. However, it was extremely difficult to get a job: "I submitted my CV to apply for jobs and had interviews on the phone. When I turned up for my first day at work, the people changed their mind and said there was no job anymore. Some people think that we are not capable of working properly or that they think employing people with disabilities will incur them extra cost." Andrew has since found a good job in a bank. 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.

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