A whiter shade of pale
I began documenting people with Albinism (PWA) in Rwanda because of the severe discrimination and isolation I found against the community, despite their living in a nation that outwardly prides itself on equal treatment for all citizens. Deep poverty, health problems, community abuse, and social rejection is ubiquitous with the condition of Albinism in Rwanda. Familial rejection, dropping out of school, and labor discrimination are extremely common as well. East Africa's population of PWA is among the highest in the world. While in North American and Europe one in 17,000 – 20,000 people are born with Albinism, in East Africa the number wavers between one in 1,400 – 5,000. My goal in continuing this essay will be to start conversations about mistreatment and abuse of PWA in Rwanda by members of the community itself. Both the topics of discrimination based on physical appearance and societal abuse are considered seriously taboo in Rwandan culture; this work aims to help elevate the voices of people usually silenced or strongly discouraged to speak out for a change in the status quo.