Ana Palacios

Visual journalist
     
Albino
Location: Madrid
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Ana Palacios is a journalist and a documentary photographer focused in telling underrepresented stories with impact shining a light on broken corners in collaboration with NGOs such as Manos Unidas , Africa Directo and UNICEF . In 2021 she was... MORE
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Albino
Copyright Ana Palacios 2022
Date of Work Aug 2012 - Mar 2016
Updated Feb 2020
Location Tanzania
Topics Cancer, Children, Documentary, Family, Health/Healing, Hope, Human Rights, Illness, NGO, Orphans, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Poverty, Racism
Tanzania is a country of forty million people belonging to more than a hundred different tribes and speaking a hundred and twenty seven languages. It is also a favourite destination for honeymooners eager to share the unforgettable experience of a safari in the Serengeti, snorkelling in the crystalline waters of Zanzibar and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with a local guide. In fact, the largest albino community in Africa is concentrated on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

The Tanzanian government has found it necessary to set up special centres to protect people with albinism who have had to flee their villages for fear of being butchered by traffickers in human bodies selling their limbs and organs to witch doctors to prepare their 'prized' good luck potions. However, the real killer they face every day is the sun, which consumes their lives, causing albinos to develop skin cancer before the age of thirty if they are not properly protected.
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