Today we would like to talk about a topic that is rarely discussed. Perhaps you have seen albinos several times. Maybe you even know close to one of them. As is known,albinismis a genetic disease that is characterized by a lack of pigment melanin in the skin, hair and iris.
This disease affects both people and animals. The absence of melanin causes other serious skin diseases, because in this case the skin is too sensitive to sunlight.
Albinus is not at all easy, but it's even worse to suffer from this disease in countries with a hot climate. For example, in Africa.
Today we will tell you the story of a young African model of Tando Hop. It was thanks to her that the monstrous difficulties with which albinos are forced to face became known to the world.
History of the Tando Hopa model
Tando Hopa is 24 years old. This girl is not only a model, but also a lawyer.She thinks she's very fortunate, because being an albino in Africa is a real curse.She finished her studies in Johannesburg. It was there that the girl attracted a lot of attention due to her gentle and exotic appearance.
Thanks to this, Tando became the star of the podium and began to shine on the covers of magazines. Tando - one of the few representatives of model business, suffering from albinism, known in our world.
It is possible that it was success and fame that encouraged her to study the law in order to tell the world about the unfamiliar majority of peoplesocial drama, which is played out in Africa.
Albinism as a curse in Africa
It may seem strange to you, but it's true:Africa is one of the continents where most people live with albinism. There are a lot of albinos in Tanzania..
Experts still do not fully know the reasons for this strange phenomenon. There is a suspicion that the culprit of albinism is the blood relationship and heredity of the first settlers from Europe who fell on the African continent. It is here that the number of albinos is 15% higher than in other regions of the world.
According to Tando Hop,albinismin Africa means not only a serious physical flaw, but also a real social drama. The sun's rays are very aggressive here, so many people develop skin cancer and blindness.After all, human skin and eyes without melanin are extremely sensitive to the sun and need serious protection.In addition, the society is very suspicious of such "special" people.
Often, albinos are called "grain-grain which means "child of the devil or ghosts." It is believed that albinism is the result of sin committed by parents who have entered into a pact with the devil himself. The white skin of children is considered a testament to this collusion. That is why many mothers prefer to refuse such children.
A live albino does not cost anything, but the dead are valued for their weight in gold. Why is this happening? The fact is that some ethnic groups in Africa, as well as sorcerers in distant villages, believe that the blood and organs of albinos have magical properties and are treated for various diseases. Thus, people suffering from albinism find themselves on a par with the horn of rhinoceroses and the tusks of elephants.
Some people are willing to pay a lot of money for an albino, and it can easily be deprived of a limb or even killed.
Many humanitarian organizations have long been sounding the alarm, trying to convey to the people around this monstrous truth. Very often armed groups of people at night go out hunting for children and adults suffering from albinism. When they find their prey, they amputate limbs or deprive the life of a defenseless person. This is due to the fact that a lot of money is paid for the blood and organs of albinos. Because of this cruel killers do not experience the slightest shadow of doubt, depriving the life of another victim. Of course, it's hard for us to believe in such cruelty.
Being an albino in Africa is a real curse.It's good that there are people like Tando Hopa who are not afraid to open the eyes of the world to this monstrous drama. Many international organizations strive to protect and provide social support to these unfortunate people, whose lives are daily endangered. This is especially true of Tanzania.
It is known that a large number of albinos die there every year. They become victims of attacks of heartless people or die as a result of untreated diseases. Skin burns, infected wounds and cancer are the main problems that people who suffer from albinism have to face.
Today many of the children who have been attacked have to adapt to life without limbs. And despite this, many of them continue to smile. Although it is not at all easy to be different, different from the others. Unfortunately, until now in society it often happens thatpeople who are not like the others are being persecuted.