In the village of Ciburuy, West Java, the rate of albinism is unusually high. Here, one in 177 people have the rare genetic condition.
You aren't your disability.
In Malawi, having albinism is the equivalent of having a moving target upon your back.
"My eyes tend to go in every direction at once. Some people gather from that that I have albinism; others just assume that I'm not right in the head."
I'm a Muslim Brit-Pakistani, but my pale skin and hair make everyone assume I'm white European – and yes, it's weird.
Authorities have recently cracked down on the illegal trade of Albino body parts, which are often hacked from their victims for use in black magic and charms.
In this excerpt from ‘VICE News meets Joseph Torner,’ the Tanzanian activist talks about the witchdoctor-motivated albino killings and reveals there are instances where family members have facilitated these murders.
The body of an abducted 1-year-old was found on Tuesday, showing that despite recent legal efforts Tanzania has a long way to go in protecting children with albinism.
Africans with albinism can suffer alienating social stigma in their communities and, in some regions, a near-constant threat of violence.
In Tanzania, traditional healers and witch doctors have long considered the body parts of people with albinism as being essential to their magical recipes. These practitioners of muti—or "medicine murder"—believe that their recipes heal the sick and...