A group of young Nigerians have invented an island where people with
albinism live to escape being hunted down and having their limbs hacked
off for use in witch doctors’ magic potions.
While the hideaway
is fictional - it only exists in Peda Comics’ latest online series, due
for release on Saturday - it is based on real-life murders of people
with albinism across Africa, the creative team behind the comic said.
crazy, it’s outrageous and it doesn’t make any sense - it’s evil,”
Peter Daniel, 22, executive producer of the comic and head of Peda
Studio, a Nigerian multimedia company, told the Thomson Reuters
Foundation from Lagos.
“The story hasn’t been told before. We need to showcase this to the world, what is happening.”
is a genetic condition where a lack of the melanin pigment makes
people’s hair and skin white, which can make them vulnerable to sunburn
and skin cancers.
The United Nations (U.N.) estimates 1 in 1,400
people are affected in Tanzania - one of the countries with the highest
rates of mutilation and murder for their body parts, which are believed
to possess magical powers.
In the first of the three-part series
of “Under the Sun”, people with albinism take action after the
president of the fictional African state of Zamia is assassinated in a
I was at my brother’s wedding and my family was in mortal danger and the only thing that would save them was playing the song Africa by Toto but no matter what site I pulled up, it was blocked because of copyright.