Often we see people with light and dark skin patches yet we know nothing of it. Albinism is genetically inherited skin abnormality which is caused due to the body’s inability to produce melanin- a substance needed for pigmentation.
Not only skin, but the hairs also lose its color due to this skin disorder. It is also associated with vision problems. According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, about 1 in 18,000 to 20,000 people in the United States suffer from albinism.
It broke my heart when I read online that people with Albinism in Africa are hunted down for their body parts. They are forced to live in exile. Due to false superstitions, they are dragged out of their houses and killed. Toddlers are snatched from impoverished single mothers or while walking to school.
As I dug deeper, I found even worse information about the superstitions. People in Tanzania kill even their loved ones with albinism and sell their parts. People pay $3,000-$4,000 for a limb or $75,000-£50,000 for the full body as they believe that their body parts will bring luck and more wealth.
While some see this as a very absurd and disturbing disorder, one girl from Denver became an internet sensation when her mother shared her pictures online. Louise Mcmorris’s video became viral when she was just 6 months old and people from all over the world embraced her as a special child.
She was born with no pigmentation and had a very poor sight.
This is Louise Mcmorris at 3 and she looks stunning.
I can't believe in one week my precious daughter will be starting preschool. Yes, it's just preschool, but it's like the "beginning of the end"… you moms know what I'm referring to, right?! She's been by my side (literally🙄) since she was born. Will be an adjustment but one that we're both ready for. I think😥 #mommasgirl . . . . #albinismisbeautiful #albinismawareness #albinism #albino #kids #kidsootd #kidsfashion #kidsofinstagram #model #momlife #modelkids #mommyandme #cute #sun #sad #tearjerker #school #preschool #biggirl #proud #pretty #precious