Tanzania, Nansio : TOPSHOT – An albino girl plays with balloons, on
Ukerewe Island in Victoria lake during International Albinism Awareness
day on June 13, 2016.
Albinism affects the development of human eyes
so eye checks are a vital service needed by Albinos. Ukerewe island is
home to many albinos. Many of the first albinos to live on the island
were taken there and abandoned by their families as children or fled
from violence they had faced on the mainland. Ukerewe island is now seen
as a safer place for Albinos to live and integrate, as supersperstition
has caused the practice of mutilation and killing of albinos by some
witchdoctors for many years both in Tanzania and other African
countries. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA