Golden Boy

by chundle1
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Golden Boy

In Tanzania, life with albinism is a near death sentence. Fifty-seven people with albinism have been murdered since 2007 -- their limbs hacked off and sold on the black market. Many locals believe there are magical properties in the blood, bones and skin of people with albinism.

Golden Boyby Tara Sullivan

Crisis for Albinos in Africa

Born albino in a Tanzanian village, Habo suffers virulent prejudice for his pale skin, blue eyes, and yellow hair, even from his own family. At 13, he runs away to the city of Dar-es-Salaam, where he thinks he will find more acceptance: there are even two albino members of the government there. He finds a home as an apprentice to a blind sculptor who knows Habo is a smart boy with a good heart, and he teaches Habo to carve wood. But Habo is being pursued by a poacher who wants to kill him and sell his body parts on the black market to superstitious buyers in search of luck. Readers will be caught by the contemporary story of prejudice, both unspoken and violent, as tension builds to the climax. Just as moving is the bond the boy forges with his mentor, and the gripping daily events: Habo gets glasses for his weak eyes, discovers the library, and goes to school at last.

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Aside from gruesome attacks, Tanzanian albinos -- unprotected for a lifetime under the scorching African sun -- often die of painful skin cancer in their thirties.

The threat to albinos is spreading throughout the continent. Organizations are working in Tanzania to help protect children and adults with albinism.

Under the Same Sun (UTSS): A Canadian charity founded in 2008, UTSS exists to provide life saving support to persons with albinism in Tanzania by focusing on the education and eradication of prejudice and life-threatening discrimination that has plagued albinos. They help schools that provide refuge for children living with albinism by providing student scholarships and supplies of books, paper, sunscreen and hats. UTSS is also working with Mariamu Staford and other individuals in crisis. 100 percent of donations will go directly and exclusively to these crucial programs.

Asante-Mariamu: A non-profit organization, based in Virginia, dedicated to ending the crisis in East Africa and to providing direct relief to improve the lives of people with albinism in that region. For more information, please go to

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