Albinism is a hereditary congenital anomaly characterized essentially by the absence of partial or total pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes. The people suffering are, unfortunately, evil or little accepted in Africa and therefore margins of society, in the ‘best case ‘. Indeed, they are unfortunately also sometimes mutilated or downright killed in some countries. A real hunting witches against which is fighting day after day one of the greatest legends of African music, Salif Keita.
BEING ALBINO IN AFRICA: A DAILY STRUGGLE TO FOLLOW
In some countries like Tanzania, the Kenya and Burundi, born with albinism is considered a curse. Albinos there are thus targets “of choice” in the realization of “magic” rituals These false beliefs cause the worst horrors: albinos are regularly maimed or even slaughtered by witch doctors. Their members and their blood are used to make a so-called lucky or concoct magic potions to bring success.
Use the intimate parts of an albino example is supposed to bring power. In addition to being victims of discrimination, attacks and mutilation, albinos are exposed to an increased risk of skin cancer and sight problems. Their existence thus takes the form of a veritable hell on the continent.
A BLACK IN A WHITE SKIN
Albino himself, Salif Keita keeps him the stigma of an unhappy childhood filled with insults, humiliation, frustration and contempt because of its colour. The death of his sister from cancer of the skin and the birth of his daughter, who is also Albino, prompted him to use his fame to help victims affected by this disease. He thus fights since twenty years for respect, emancipation, the albino socio-professional insertion and the recognition of their rights.
Through the Salif Keita Global Foundation created in 2005, the Malian singer tries to improve the daily life of albinos in the world. It supports albinos in Mali and the sub region by organizing of telethons and distributing for example sunscreen tubes and material school children victims of the disease. The Foundation also pays the cost of eye and skin of some patients with albinism consultations.