Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria has become a a safe haven for a community of Tanzanians living with albinism. Many albinos face threats from organ and limb harvesters, and wider ostracism is also a problem.
An albino man on Ukerewe has his eyes tested at a clinic run by non-governmental organization Standing Voice. The genetic condition, which results in a lack of melanin pigment, creates medical difficulties including poor eyesight and an increased risk of skin cancer.
An albino boy queues for a lunch break at a clinic run by an NGO. Many of the first albinos to live on Ukerewe were taken there and abandoned by their families as children or fled from violence they had faced on the mainland. Ukerewe island is now seen as a safer place for albinos to live and integrate.
Albino singer King Shube plays a guitar on Ukerewe, 2016. King Shube is an exception among the island's albino community. Many were actively discouraged from singing or banned according to music producer Ian Brennan, who visited the island and recorded sessions with locals in summer last year.
The result of those sessions, "White African Power" by the "Tanzania Albinism Collective," has been released prior to the United Nation's third International Albinism Awareness Day. Among the artists featured is Thereza Phinias (pictured), who contributed three songs including the upbeat album closer "Happiness."