MOZAMBIQUE: Albinism / Aly Faque

I found an interesting (and saddening) article about the status of those living with albinism in Mozambique. Albinism happens in all parts of the world, but it is the most prevalent is southern Africa – apparently as common as 1 in 1000 people, while in the US and Europe, it shows up only 1 in 20,000 people.

Apart from the obvious dangers from the climate, there are strong negative beliefs and prejudices about albinism (as in other parts of Africa) which often lead to violence or trafficking (including the belief that albino body parts may be lucky or charmed). I encourage you to read the article at Equal Times.

However, there are several Mozambicans living with albinism who have been spearheading activism to protect and support themselves and to fight discrimination. Among these is musician Aly Faque, who has gained widespread fame in Mozambique.

As a baby, Faque was taken away from his mother and abandoned by the father on the streets. He was later rescued by his grandfather who raised him. It is through art and music that he speaks out against prejudice and spreads a message of respect and tolerance. One of his most famous songs is called Kinachukuru which means ‘I am grateful’ in Makhuwa, one of the main languages of northern Mozambique. In the song, Aly laments his father’s rejection and the poverty he endured as a child. “This song reveals my childhood and the story of my family.”

Living with Albinism in Mozambique – Equal Times

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