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Photos: Mr and Miss Albinism held to affirm dignity of group

Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition that leads to a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and bright light, according to the United Nations. 

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People with Albinism in Africa face widespread discrimination, violence and even murder because of their hereditary condition.

Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition that leads to a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and bright light, according to the United Nations. 

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play Mr and Miss Albinism held to fight stigma.

People with albinism have been attacked or even killed in some African countries for their body parts because of a belief that they possess magical powers. 

 

The competition for 30 participants was organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya with partners in Uganda and Tanzania.

In a bid to affirm the dignity of the group, a Kenyan charity has held the first Mr. and Miss Albinism East Africa pageant Friday night at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The beauty pageant, which aims to overcome that stigma, was titled “Accept me, include me, I can.”

Emmanuel Silas Shedrack, 20, also a Tanzanian and 19-year-old Maryanne Muigai from Kenya were crowned the winners.

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They will both get cash prizes and act as ambassadors for the partner organizations for a year.

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