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Kids with Albinism Belong at Home and in School

Expand © Sacha de Boer All names have been changed for pseudonyms. “My mother told me that my father refused me,” Amanda, a nervous 12-year-old, tells us. She is sitting in an empty classroom in Mwanza, northwestern Tanzania, her fidgeting hands placed over the skirt of her school uniform. “I miss my mother,” she adds, “the last time I saw her was in 2015 and she came only for a day.” Like all of us, Amanda’s experiences are a result of life’s grand lottery. She was born with albinism, in a region where some see her as a commodity. In many parts of East Africa, people with albinism are targeted…

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