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December 2014

White Shadows in a Dark Land

Author Affiliations
  • 1George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(12):1335. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.2056

The documentary In the Shadow of the Sun captures Josephat Torner, an advocate for Tanzania’s albino community, stating “It’s my dream in my life that people with albinism are respected and given all rights which other human beings are being given.”1 Since 2000, nearly 200 albinos in East Africa have been killed and dozens more mutilated by the intentional severing of limbs.2 Recent efforts from local and international albino advocacy organizations, along with the United Nations, have increased protections for albinos in East Africa and have promoted education, locally and globally, about the plight of albinos.

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