Positive Exposure in TanzaniaOctober 22, 2008
Hello All: I am in Tanzania with the Under the Same Sun team. Upon arrival, we were met by the appointed member of Parliament with albinism, Al Shaymaa and many members of the Tanzanian Albinism Society (TAS). Peter, the director of Under the Same Sun spoke with several media affiliates regarding our trip and intentions. After a very enthusiastic welcome, we headed to the hotel then immediately set off for the TAS offices located in the cancer clinic hospital.. We met several people/patients in treatment at the hospital in various stages of cancer onset. We then participated in a formal TAS introduction and community initiative describing the efforts and current life threatening situation in the area. We were then treated to an albinism football/soccer team kickoff. A dinner was sponsored that evening at the hotel by Under the Same Sun hosting concerned members of the government, community and support organizations.
Today, we met with the Deputy Director of Education and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss the violence against people with albinism and current and planned strategies in place to address these issues and develop potential solutions to end these crimes. At every level in community and government, people are mobilizing.
Tomorrow is our day long Think Tank to empower the local albinism support groups as well as a Press Conference schedule immediately following. More to follow:
Al Shaymaa, MP, Grace Mazibuco from The Albinism Society of South Africa, Rick and Peter Ash.