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Color Complex: One Man’s Struggle With Albinism

Amadou T. Diallo, 38, has been attacked, harassed and almost killed for his condition.

—As Told to Deanna Martin-Osuagwu
I was born in Guinea, West Africa, with albinism. The hardest part of having this genetic condition is fearing for my physical safety. In sections of Africa, people like me are feared and persecuted. Many are hunted for their body parts to be used in rituals.

I learned early on that I was different and people in my village didn’t like me because of my lack of pigmentation. As the intolerance grew, relatives began to disown me and blamed me for any misfortune that came to them. So my father, who is now deceased, relocated my family to the Ivory Coast when I was 5. Today, I have no contact with any of my immediate kin.

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