NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A groundbreaking beauty configuration for people with albinism has encouraged confidence and inclusion for people who remain the target of sometimes deadly stigma in Africa.
The first gentleman and Miss Albinism East Africa Friday night in Kenya’s capital, participants from Tanzania and Uganda also saw.
Elizabeth James in Tanzania said she had to change schools as a child when people stared and pointed began to lean their homes.
She asked for an end to the ignorance that drives some to kill people with albinism for their body parts or even digging tombs in the disadvantaged belief that they will give wealth and happiness.
“The threat has fallen sharply, but it’s still there.”
Organizer Isaac Mwaura, the first albino legislature in Kenya, called the performance a way of building self-esteem.
“People with albinism are people like everybody else, and we are certainly also beautiful ul,” he said.
Associated Press video journalist Joe Mwihia contributed.