Beauty pageant with a dif­fer­ence

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD - ANA

A GROUND­BREAK­ING beauty pageant for peo­ple with al­binism has en­cour­aged con­fi­dence and in­clu­sion for peo­ple who re­main the tar­get of some­times deadly stigma in Africa.

The first Mr and Miss Al­binism East Africa pageant on Fri­day night brought par­tic­i­pants from Tan­za­nia and Uganda as well.

El­iz­a­beth James of Tan­za­nia says she was forced to change schools as a child when peo­ple, star­ing and point­ing, started fol­low­ing her home. She called for an end to the ig­no­rance that drove some to kill peo­ple with al­binism, for their body parts or even dig up graves in the mis­guided be­lief that they will bring wealth and good for­tune.

“The threat has de­creased greatly, but it’s still there,” she says. |

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