Albinism in Africa

17.February.2016 · Posted in culture

Blanc Ebène (#WhiteEbony) 
By Patricia Willocq a White #Congolese

“I was born and raised in the #Congo (DRC). After leaving #Africa, I spent my life traveling around the globe and came back to my native country in June 2013.

  
Being a person with albinism in many part of Africa is not the best gift life could grant you. Although, the Ndundus (albino in Lingala) in the Congo are better off then their Tanzanian and Burundian counterparts who are killed and mutilated by “witch doctors” – they are stigmatised and discriminated by the society.
But people with albinism in the Congo are gathering and slowly making their way towards integration.
  
This photo report is a testimony of hope, courage, love and success to give them the dignity they deserve. It can hopefully be used to promote understanding and tolerance towards people with albinism in the Congo and in the rest of Africa.”
  
*#Albinism affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes. People with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin or no melanin at all, which can cause characteristic signs and symptoms often obvious from birth*

  
 

   

Source: African Voices 

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