I am so proud of my partner Dr. Chand, and her husband, Steve, for what they accomplished on a recent mission to help children with albinism in Tanzania, Africa. Most of us were uninformed about the tragedies these children suffered till Dr. Chand brought it to our attention. I thank the Lord for her fervent heart as she continues to serve others despite the physical and emotional challenges she faces to do so.
In some regions of Africa, people with albinism (a defect of pigment production that results in little or no color in the skin, hair, and eyes) face extreme prejudice and are brutally killed, eaten, and have their body parts sold on the black market. Local witch doctors teach that people with albinism are spirits, rather than actual people, and that albino body parts will bring wealth and good fortune and cure you of many illnesses. “This mistaken belief that albino body parts have magical powers has driven thousands of Africa’s albinos into hiding, fearful of losing their lives and limbs to unscrupulous dealers who can make up to $75,000 selling a complete dismembered set,” (The Associated Press, 2009).
Below is part of a recent email sent to me from Dr. Chand:
“We have met some of the bravest, most amazing children. Today, we treated a 10 year old girl who was attacked and had her arm cut off. I don’t exactly know how she managed to escape but she did! Another little boy had his finger cut off but escaped by biting his attacker. Please continue to pray for our trip and also for these children. There are some schools where the teachers really take care of the children and then there are others where the kids are neglected. In those schools, I saw many kids with sunburn and skin cancer. It really broke my heart….”
To read more about Dr. Chand’s recent mission and to learn more about this cause, click on Dr. Chand’s Blog below: