Dieter Telemans

Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

The Kambi family with (from left to right) Huluka (19), Hatisha (34), Mwamvua (26) and Fadhiri (24), live together in a small rented room. The family's troubles started withtheir father's death. None of them are employed. Fadhiri is the only one earning some money by playing in an albino musical theatre group. If they are short of money, Fadhiri transports drinking water. He buys a jerry can of water for 50 Shillings and sells it for 150 Shillings. This way he makes a profit of about 2,000 Shillings a day (1.2 Euros). "It's hard for an albino to find a job," he says. "People should know that we have a disability and can't take any medicine to change our skin colour. With my theatre performances I try to educate people about albinism [...] that we are human beings and that it doesn't make sense to kill us in order to make magic potions." 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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