18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Gaffeen and Wakson

Gaffeen (on bed) and Wakson (on ladder), Nkhata bay, Malawi, 2019. Gaffeen and Wakson have albinism, a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. Albinism is highly stigmatised in Malawi, and there has been a wave of human rights abuses against people who have the condition. A lack of funds and legal support means that most cases of crimes against people with albinism never make it to court.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Julia Gunther