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Tanzania Should Move Ahead With an Albinism Protection Plan

Expand Lightness, a 13-year-old girl with albinism, and her family attend a Lutheran church every Sunday. Ukerewe Island, Tanzania @2016 Sacha de Boer Maria was only 7 in 2013 when she had to flee her home in Nyamwilolelwa, Mwanza in northwestern Tanzania. The little girl was confused about why her mother had to take her on this sudden trip. Her mother left her at a temporary holding shelter in Mitindo, almost 70 kilometers away from her home. Maria, whose name we changed for her protection, was born with albinism, a skin condition that many still wrongly associate with witchcraft. Attacks…

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