It’s hard to believe that some brutal and inhuman practices are still present in the world. In the East African country, life for an albino child is difficult since they are considered bad luck or useful for witchcraft. A photographer captured the pictures of children born with albinism to highlight their torturous and endangered lives. They are hunted and killed for their body parts as their parts are used in witchcraft. Read the full story of Tanzanian Albinos below. Photos are from Marinka Messeus website.
Marinka Masseus, a photographer, captured pictures of children with albinism to highlight the lives of these children.
When a child with albinism is born in Tanzania, he becomes a commodity as their body parts are used for witch doctors.
Their hair, arms, eyes, skins and even in the genitals are torn and they are left dead or alive. Such brutality comes inevitably to albinos in this area.
The photographer clicked a group of children some black and some albino children. Her aim is to bring awareness towards these children’s plight.
Marinka Masseus says “The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in the Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who gave birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts and they will live in constant fear for their lives.”
People with albinism are of white and pale skin, their hair color is pale, too. They have very weak eyesight and are usually sensitive to light. Their different features make them distinctive from others and people developed superstitions about them.
They are even considered ghost and unlucky by some people in the region.
In 2014 an albino child was snatched from her mother’s child and want found anywhere. Even the police are still finding her body. In 2015, 18- month old child was kidnapped from his house and found dead the next morning with his limbs missing.
The Tanzanian government is trying to reduce the influence of such witchcraft practitioners.
According to the reports there is about one in every 1,400 births in Tanzania. Which is the largest in Africa.