Dieter Telemans

Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

11 year old Tahia is the third of four children. She and her younger brother are both albino. She has been very well cared for by her mother who used to lotion her face, neck and hands every day. Tahia knows that her skin is very sensitive to the sun and tries to stay in the shade as much as possible. "I regularly ask my friends to play in the shade, so that I can join them." Although she is well treated and accepted by the other students, she is aware that not all albinos in Tanzania are treated as well as she is. She heard on the radio that a number of albinos in Northern Tanzania have been murdered in order for their body parts to be used for magic potions. Since then she is afraid of being kidnapped and stays inside the boarding school at all times. 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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Dieter Telemans
Dar Es Salaam
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