Every fact is a misinterpretation waiting to be born.
(Source: thebookofzen)Maintain Internal Heights
"I guess I'm just like a turtle
Hiding underneath its horny shell,
But you know I'm very well-protected,
I know this goddam life too well"
The best way to describe me? No idea. The best way to describe my writing? Well it is the thoughts that hit me after everything is done and quiet, capturing the few moments of enlightenment between the grind and giving it a place to inspire.
As beautiful & exotic these pictures look like, the life as an albino in Africa isn’t.
I think it’s important to know the stories behind pictures like these, we say: “a picture tells a thousand words”, but that is quite inaccurate, isn’t it?
White-skinned albinos are being killed by their own people in Tanzania, who believe their body parts will add potency to black magic rituals.
In the past week, two Tanzanian albinos have been murdered for their limbs.
Elizabeth Hussein, 13, was attacked by men with machetes and Ezekiel John, 47, had his arms and legs cut off after being shot. Their deaths bring the toll to 35 murders in just more than a year, the Independent reports.
There is similar violence against albinos throughout east and central Africa.
The killings are orchestrated by witch doctors who claim they can make people rich using limbs and blood from their white-skinned neighbours.
In some parts of the country, albino children go to school with bodyguards and the graves of albinos are piled with rocks to deter grave robbers, the paper said.
Many albinos have fled the towns and cities to the remote island of Ukerewe where they can live in relative safety.
The island is believed to have the highest concentration of albinos, or zeru, in the world.
Just read how Albinos live their lifes in Africa
“Our biggest fear right now is the fear of living. If you leave work at night as an albino, you are unsure of reaching home safely. When you sleep, you are unsure of waking up in one piece,” Zihada Msembo, secretary general of the Tanzania Albino Society, told Reuters in an interview.
“They are cutting us up like chickens,” Msembo said, while pointing to a picture on a wall in her cramped office of a limbless body with the skin on its face peeled off from an incident in 2007
“We are human beings like others, we have a right to live,” Msemgo said, adding they had been turned into a commodity.
“Our country has earned a reputation that it is doing business with albino body parts, so people in other countries can kill and cross into Tanzania where there is a ready market.”
[Two smiling people at a table. One is saying “I’m so happy we live in a world without slavery and imperialism.” There are boxes pointing to various objects around and on the people. They read:
COTTON: Picked in Uzbekistan where 2 million children as young as 7 are forced to pick cotton for 3p a kilo.
APPLES: Picked in California by Mexican migrant workers, not being paid minimum wage nor provided housing.
LAPTOP: Made in China by adults working 18 hours a day at 32p an hour. The laptop will end up back in China’s landfills, where children will dismantle it for its valuable metals including lead.
MOBILE PHONE: Gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten mined in Congo in abysmal working conditions, causing disease and the regional conflict responsible for the deaths of over 5 million people and systematic rape of women.
ORANGE JUICE: Picked in Chile by women working 60 hours a week, below minimum wage.
FACE: Detoxed with Dead Sea salts sourced in occupied West Bank; land stolen by Israel from Palestinians, who are subject to continual and severe human rights violations.
COFFEE: Picked in Guatemala where entire families with children as young as 6 are forced to pick a 100-pound quota in order to get the minimum wage of less than £2/day
SHIRT: Sewn in India under forced labour conditions by people earning less than 25p an hour, for 16 hours a day, while being unable to send their children to school.
DIAMOND: Mined in Sierra Leone by children as young as 7, working in dangerous conditions for 10p an hour, six days a week.]