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The Truth About Albinism

  • Prize
    Bronze in Advertising/Annual Reports
  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
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    Matilde Simas
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Mwigulu, a Tanzanian survivor of a superstition-driven attack waits to receive prosthetic care for her left arm at Dare to Dream Home in New York. Mwigulu lives in constant fear of attack and death after having his arm removed by organ traffickers. He is among the nearly 7,000 Tanzanians with albinism, a hereditary condition that results in a lack of pigmentation in skin, hair, and eyes. In Tanzania children with albinism are murdered so their skin, hair, and appendages can be used by witchdoctors to make charms and potions believed to bring wealth and power.

Matilde Simas is a photographer based in Boston, MA. Her unique style focuses on documentary and fine art, with her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the strength of her subjects. Matilde uses the capacity of photography to inform, provoke discussion, and inspire action by public speaking and exhibiting her work in museums, galleries, and public spaces. Her work on human trafficking has been widely exhibited by various UN agencies. She has recently been awarded a UNICEF Picture of the Year HM.