(Torreblanca de los Caños, Sevilla. 1978) Born in Seville, Spain- Graduated as Higher Level Technical Visual Image and Audiovisual Producer at I.E.S Néstor Almendros. General Certificate of Education with the qualification of Honor's...
Forty year old Anglican pastor Isaac Timothy, has survived two attacks. His mother approached the altar where Timothy was and with her trembling voice informed him that two men dressed in suits were asking about him. Walking next to them was a man from a neighboring village. "I Automatically knew what this meant. When my mother told me she had overheard their street argument on how to kill an albino, I didn't know what to do or where to go". From that moment on, Timothy's head had a price. Tanzania.
The special needs school in Kigoma, refuge to albinos from Burundi and other dangerous regions of Tanzania. Barely able to sustain the ninety disabled that lived there, the school was forced to take in another 48 albinos. Tanzania.
Fatuma, 9 years. They arrived around midnight. They tried to break the door. Her aunt escaped through the window, her screams and cries alerted the neighbors. It is the second time it is attacked. Hidden at home without going to school for 5 months, for fear of the murderers. Tanzania, Katoro village.
First albino parliamentarian Al Shaymaa-Kwegyr, adopted Tindy and Bibiana after reading of their story in the newspaper, both were attacked by a criminal gang; Bibiana's leg and two fingers were cut off. Bibiana need periodic revisions of the prosthesis. Tanzania.
Nasoro Chausiko 2 years old, with her grandmother and her sister holding a panga. His mother Mangidu Zawadi had 27 years in arms Nasoro newborn, bled to death from wounds they did to curtail both feet and right arm. Her son Chausiku still preserves, on his left thigh, a large scar inflicted by his own father when he was cutting Zawali's arm. "They murdered her inside her own home in front of her children, who had to bear witness to the slaughter caused by their own father under the threat of meeting the same fate". Tanzania.
Tanya Nui 28, had surgery for a tumor of 7 cm on the skin 2 weeks ago. "Without the help of doctors would be dead today, the pain was unbearable, often have no money for sun creams and even give us some ngo's creams are never enough, and we are all day in the sun". Tanzania.
In Tanzania, where there is no official count, it is estimated that nearly 173,000 albinos occupy the region. The Tanzania Albino Society or TAS, is the largest association holding demonstrations and marshes against the police and judicial corruption which is causing the problem, either by cooperating with organized criminal enterprises or by intervening with bribes so that trials are delayed and detainees released.
Tanzania's president is trying to change the fate of albinos in the country due to foreign pressure over the killings, Tanzania is partly dependent on foreign investment and tourism and recent events have opened a crisis of confidence with the outside. The reality is that most albinos live as destitute and rejected by society.
"For other people with disabilities there is understanding, not for us. The problem is that we need to give us legal support, personality. We need funds to address physical problems and education to eliminate discrimination. But I know that is something that will never end. Nobody wants the situation changes. " Al Shaymaa is the only albino woman who plays something like a position of power. Since being appointed parliamentary chauffeured travel, attend parliamentary meetings regularly and can afford to take her two adopted daughters, Bibiana Tindy and two sisters,albino, attacked by the mafia to a private school where they can provide support for their needs (Bibiana lost a leg in the attack).
The other grave problem faced by albinos in Africa is that their skin is burnt by the sun and this produces numerous cancers; associations like Under the Same Sun provides them with solar protection creams. Tanzania.
Tanya Nui 28, had surgery for a tumor of 7 cm on the skin 2 weeks ago. "Without the help of doctors would be dead today, the pain was unbearable, often have no money for sun creams and even give us some NGO's creams are never enough, and we are all day in the sun." Tanzania.
Bianne Mile 35, with her daughter Gania 2 years, has 2 years where skin cancer, thanks to a foreign NGO will be operated soon. This NGO of doctors work develops every summer for 3 months in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania.
Tindy is the youngest and the most talkative; since the attack, her sister Bibiana, has lost most of her ability to speak. "I knew that sooner or later they would come to our house looking for us. By then, our parents were already dead (Aids) and we lived with our grandmother. The night that it happened I couldn't sleep. It was very dark because we had no electricity but when I heard a noise inside the house, I knew it was them. Everything happened so fast that I thought it wasn't real. When I finally realized what was happening, Bibiana was already unconscious, lying on the floor, on a pool of her own blood. They warned me that if I didn't keep quiet, I would be the next one, but I knew that if I did they would kill me too". Tanzania.
Nasoro Chausiko 2 years old, with her grandmother and her sister beside the grave of his mother, Nasoro Chausiko. The children had to witness the slaughter under the threat of suffering the same fate "I'll cut you by panga." After setting the police report both Kahendi Massaro as the three performers have been arrested and is awaiting trial. Not so the husband is missing. The state supports victims. Tanzania.
The area of the great lakes of Shinyanga and Mwanza is rich in gold and the miners are major consumers of the muti -tradional African medicine- made by the witchdoctors with pieces of albino, to which the black magic lends it's power. Tanzania.
Brahum Vidor is a shaman, "it is a very profitable business" he says. But, he hates all of the witchdoctors that execute black magic, the ones who are causing all of the other ones to be judged as criminals. Tanzania.
The authorities suggested seeking help from the Church of God, Tanzania, where he had been ordained priest. "They replied that the only aid they could facilitate was spiritually. " He was finally able to snatch a promise from his government for a house in Geita, a reasonably secure, calmer area. "The administration promised me a house for my family in a guarded district. A place to live quietly and discreetly, but after two months the owner of the house evicted me for not paying. The administration never paid him a scent." Tanzania.
The brothers Niimenya Japhet six years and Chingeneye Japhets 3 years, lost their albino parents, a night of just two months ago. they managed to save the lives and since then are living in the center for the disabled. Tanzania.
Diana Damiano 18 years and her friend Sikudhani Fedrick 19 years. Diana came to the center three years ago, her younger sister was killed, cut off an arm, when buried her, found that they had desecrated his grave to take over parts of your body. Terrified sought the help of international organizations. Red Cross took her into the center. From the beginning , they became friends. Tanzania.
Pere Buchinkuli 35 years, and her daughter Japhet Dauson 1 year, had to leave her husband, and escape the day that they tried to kill her in her village of Ruanda, failed to catch anything, arrived exhausted at refugee camp Kigoma from where he moved to this center for the disabled who runs Red Cross. They take four years without knowing anything about his family. Tanzania.
Adam Humber 57 years and his son Hatib Adamage 5 years, Hatib is the second of his children, since the birth of her son, must continually move house, of a relative's home to another, the mafia wants to kill his son, because your child is albino. takes three years in the center for the disabled. Tanzania.
Brahum Vidor is a shaman, "it is a very profitable business" he says. But, he hates all of the witch doctors that execute black magic, the ones who are causing all of the other ones to be judged as criminals. Tanzania.
In Tanzania, where there is no official count, it is estimated that nearly 173,000 albinos occupy the region. The Tanzania Albino Society also known as TAS, is the largest association, they demonstrate against the police and court corruption, criminal enterprises and witchcraft. Recently Tanzania banned the practice of witchcraft.
It is necessary to continue fighting so that all these people are treated equally, regardless of differences in skin color, gender, race or religion.
Through these photographs I wanted to give a voice to these people, who in many cases have to live in constant fear hidden in houses or centers where they can get protection. Their struggle is the struggle for equality among all the people who make the world.
Before you reach the end of this year about 60 people have been killed with a panga, machete about 110 cm of blade used to clear the field. In remote villages, inaccessible or near Lake Victoria, a place for fishing and mining in East Africa. albinos have a triple sentence.
On one hand their social status is worse than of the lower castes of Indian. With poor access to education, no chance of getting a decent job, condemned to wander with a stigma, they are marginalized in society and of themselves. They are the perfect prey for gangs that know the price of each part of their bodies, hair, blood, flesh, bones, skin, used as ingredients to make the muti, . concoction used in black magic.
Forced by their health and their safety to live hidden. Anywhere enough dark can be a good place if you had the misfortune to be born albino in East Africa. Ironically, Al Shayma Kwegir, the first parliamentary albino in Tanzania, says the opposite. That she and the rest of albinos need to be seen and accepted. On the streets of Dar es Salaam, the situation is almost normal. Nothing special, apart from poverty and social exclusion. A law passed by the government prohibits denigrate albinos for their condition. But few people are called by their name. "Zero-zero", "ghosts" or "Money, Money", in relation to the large sums of money to pay for them mafia are the names most common. It and the suspicious looks. They are nothing to society.