Inside the centre where Tanzania’s outcast albinos find refuge from murderers who kill them for their body parts

What a great project!



Kabanaga Protectorate Centre in Kabanga is home to more than 70 albinos. Most were driven from their communities as outcasts or fled in fear for lives.

In parts of Africa, albinos are butchered for their body parts for potions. There is a belief they are the product of witchcraft or affairs with white men. Associated Press staff photojournalist Jacquelyn Martin visited the centre and met its members. She says: ‘The children break your heart – they are uniquely beautiful people.’

In a land where they are despised, feared and even hunted for their body parts, the albinos of Tanzania have found a refuge that offers them a glimmer of hope for the future. The Kabanaga Protectorate Centre in the town of Kabanaga in the north-west of the East African country, close to the Burundi border, caters to the nation’s albinos, who are known as the ‘tribe of ghosts’, ‘zeros’ or…

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