Powerful Pictures That Highlight The Hunt And Murder Of Albino Children In Tanzania

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Powerful Pictures That Highlight The Hunt And Murder Of Albino Children In Tanzania
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These children are hunted down in Tanzania to maim and murder, to use their body parts for witchcraft.

Dutch photographer Marinka Masseus captured these stunning pictures in collaboration with the Josephat Torner Foundation and 'Stichting Afrikaanse Albino's' to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Africa, specifically Tanzania.

In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. The fears and superstitions surrounding albinism run very deep in Tanzanian society. So deep that many women who give birth to a child with albinism are told to kill the baby at birth. If she refuses, she and the baby will become outcasts. 

Many children with albinism are denied the most fundamental of human rights. They are despised and taught that they are evil, that their existence is a curse. They live in constant fear of brutal attacks.

A black boy's hand covers the eyes of the albino child signifying the eyesight problems they face.

A black boy's hand covers the eyes of the albino child signifying the eyesight problems they face.

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Two boys gaze into the camera lens - albino hunters brutally hack off the hair, arms, legs, skin, eyes, and genitals of their victims.

Two boys gaze into the camera lens - albino hunters brutally hack off the hair, arms, legs, skin, eyes, and genitals of their victims.
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Two children clasp their hands together to show unity.

Two children clasp their hands together to show unity.
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This image is taken in contrast to the two boys' skin.

This image is taken in contrast to the two boys' skin.
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A boy's black glasses stand out starkly against his creamy white skin and the government are working on providing high-quality sunscreen.

A boy's black glasses stand out starkly against his creamy white skin and the government are working on providing high-quality sunscreen.
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A red flower in bloom stands out against the translucent skin of a child with albinism.

A red flower in bloom stands out against the translucent skin of a child with albinism.
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A tangle of children come together to raise awareness of the plight of PWA, globally it affects approximately one in 20,000 people.

A tangle of children come together to raise awareness of the plight of PWA, globally it affects approximately one in 20,000 people.
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The government in the country is trying to reduce the influence of Witch Doctors who are said to be the main force behind attacks.

The government in the country is trying to reduce the influence of Witch Doctors who are said to be the main force behind attacks.
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Should this practice be banned in Tanzania?