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The Albinism & The Project

Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. It is associated with several vision defects, sunburn and skin cancers. Albinism affects people of all ethnic backgrounds with a frequency of one in 17,000 worldwide. It has one of the highest rates of incidence in the descent of sub-Saharan African people. Those afflicted with albinism are generally as healthy as the rest of the population with a normal growth and development. Albinism does not cause mortality, at the least if you don’t live in Africa, where they often must face social and cultural

Discrimination and Persecutions

In Africa Albinism is a cause of discrimination. Here children with albinism experience alienation, have scarce social interactions and are emotionally unstable. Furthermore, albinos have difficulties completing a proper education, finding employment and even a partner for life. Due to ridiculous beliefs regarding people with albinism In African countries there has been a rise in witchcraft-related killings of people with albinism, because their body parts are used in potions sold by witchdoctors. In the last years kidnapings, murders and dismemberment of albino children, boys and

women was reported in many of these countries. Another threat is due to the rapes against the women with albinism. It is in fact believed that sex with a womenwith albinism will cure a man of HIV.

The Albino Project

The Albino Project aims to inform the public about the problems of people with albinism in Africa. They are so many unique issues about these people in Africa compared to their counterparts in developed countries. The project, through impact photos and text will tell the plightof the African communities in the main countries where they are located: Tanzania, Malawi, Mali, Uganda, Kenya.

Our Goal

Stories and photos of this project will be published in a book and an exhibition that will be exposed in the main cities in Europe will be produced.

With The Albino Project we want to inform people in Europe to support those with albinism in Africa to allow them to have a better life and to lure Governments to make laws against the ritual sacrifice and other inhumane practices.

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The book & The Exhibition

The albino project wants to inform the public in west countries about the lives of people with albisism in Africa. We want to do that by publishing a book with all the stories and the pictures we took during our tip in the five countries we want to visit. Antonino and Gianfranco will talk with people, they will enter their homes, take picture of them listening the stories and the experiences ofpeople with albinism. All records will be published in “The Albino Project” book. The book will be published by an editor that will distribute it in Europe but it will be sold also here on this web site. In fact at the end of the work, this web site will contain all the toollstoallow the visitors to follow the development of the project for cultural events and for the book sales.

If you wish to make a book presentation in your city, please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at]thealbinoproject[dot]com.

The exhibition of “The Albino Project” will be edited day by day during the shooting period. At the end a post production to calibrate colors and brightness will be also done and photos will be printed in big formats to be exposed in the exhibitions we are planning.

“The Albino Project” exhibition will be exposed in the main cities in Europe with the aim to make this project bigger than it is.

If you are interested to buy the exhibition please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at]thealbinoproject[dot]com.

“The Albino Project” is first of all a social project. 70% of Exhibitions incomes will be donated to help projects in favour of Albinos.

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A friend said

Richard Luyombya
Journalist and Fixer:
I worked with Antonino Condorelli on the Albino project earlier this year for a period of two weeks. It was quite a short-time but, one of the most interesting moments in my life of journalism. The Albino project was an investigation into the life of albino people in Uganda. The albinos are a minority group of people who suffer discrimination due to their skin colour that comes as a result of absence of pigment in the skin and hair (which are white) and the eyes (which are usually light blu). I met Antonino while on his way to kick-start the self-produced Albino project that focused on  changing the life of the underprivileged through interviewing them to find out what they’re biggest challenges are.Good listener
Working with Antonino was an aware some experience because of the kind of photojournalist he is. His approach towards the locals was just magical. He is a good listener and easily grasped the local languages making it easy for him to associate. At times, he did not even need assistance from the fixers to conduct the interviews.

Open mind
As we were approaching the end of the Albino project, I had the opportunity to suggest more topics him to cover. He was not hesitant and immediately called me the following day to explore the skin bleaching project were we interviewed Mama Luusu famously known for bleaching skins as a business.

Hard working
Antonino is hardworking and passionate about his work no wonder he covered more than he had planned to execute. I look forward to working with you again in future.

Olive Namutebi
Executive Director Albinism Umbrella.
Albinism Umbrella is a voice for persons with albinism in Uganda. It started back in 2009 with family visits in selected areas. These visits became a vital linkage of the organisation and the people we serve. People with albinism have been marginalized and face a lot if stigma. It’s on such visits that deep rooted sentiments come to life when love is brought home by their own kind.

” I have never been visited by anyone” exclaimed one Lillian in Sembabule district Western Uganda. This visit brought worthiness, love and acceptance in the community for Lillian. Every year, Albinism Umbrella hosts about two or three foreign journalists, students undertaking various studies on the topic of albinism. This year we were glad to work with Antonino Condorelli an Italian photojournalist working on the Albino project.

Antonino exhibited professionalism and courage amidst very challenging stories he came to know. He was always compassionate and the zeal to reach the unreachable was a trait that we had not seen in many foreign visitors. He was also able to bring a small donation from his colleagues on his trip to Uganda which was such a great gesture to the community where this project is hinged. The donation was used to manufacture local sunscreen a project under the Umbrella aimed at making these lifesaving cremes available and affordable. He equally participated in the making of these cremes.

“”Will you go downtown to purchase the ingredients with me?” I asked jokingly almost expecting a no. Alas!!!!, he agreed to go to the most crowded areas of Kampala city. This area is a business hub but not many foreigners dare to visit it. That was courage to face the unknown. We appreciate your visit Antonino and the love you showed walking with us this far. We worked with Antonino for a period of three weeks and it was a great time. We missed his cheerful spirit and above all his generosity. We support the albino project, it’s worth every effort to save a human life.

Giuseppe Pipita
Journalist and Photographer:
The photography by Antonino Condorelli (henceforth Tonino) recalls the storytellers to my mind. What does it have to do with it? The storytellers are the traditional representatives of the oral tradition. They went about recounting the stories of people, transmitting legends and myths. Often the storytellers used to rely on pictures. I know that Tonino is a good drummer, but I have no memories – during the several journeys together on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway- of his singing skills. Tonino, however, knows how to recount with his art, which is not that of simple photography. What has always struck me about Tonino Condorelli is his ability to get in tune with the subject he is portraying. His photography is social and human. A photography that tells the essence of people, of places and of events that pass through the lens of his camera. His ability to interact with reality combines with his talent of being able to see it as a photojournalist. That is to describe it without mediations, without filters. Condorelli’s photos hurt, they deeply hit your soul, they make you think, with their dramatic beauty and their narrative force.

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About us

The first time I saw an albino I was 6 years old. My family had a bakery in my home town and an albino client came to buy pastry. I wondered about the particular skin color and as a child, I began to fantasize about his white/ blue eyes under the black sun glasses. After this experience, my selective memory allowed me to see more albinos in the next days and I realized that they all use sun glasses and long sleeved t-shirt even during the hot southern Italian summer. My name is Antonino Condorelli I am a professional photojournalist since 1996. I work in social issues and human rights stories.
My interest for human being brings me to explore the stories and the souls of people I meet. During my journey in Africa I came in touch with some albinos.
This was a “fatally” encounter because I began to brain storm about several ways to make known the plight of these people.

Gianfranco Belgrano was born in Palermo in 1973. Gianfranco is a journalist focused on Africa and the Middle East. Based in Rome with his family (after going around the world), he is co-founder of Internationalia, publishing house of InfoAfrica News Agency and Africa e Affari, a monthly magazine.
Although he is a lover of new technologies, he doesn’t like working through a pc and internet connection. For this reason he prefers, whenever possible, travelling and touching reality with his own hands

Matthias Kastner is a web marketing manager and photography passionate.
This help with us… He is full time web marketing officer and our engine to do a good job.

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Donation and Sponsorship

The Albino Project is an huge work lead by Antonino Condorelli that will tell the dramatic life stories of albinos in Africa.
With the goal to ending the violences on people affeceted with albinism we will fly and work in 5 countries:
Mali, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania.
Work provide about 50 days of work in the field, equipment, photo and text editing and more
BECAUSE WE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. LET’S THE ALBINOS SACRIFICE END.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
If you are a private visitor, please click here or on the lower left hand PayPal button to donate now safely.
You can donate even by connecting to your personal PayPal account. To donate please use the following e-mail:
donations[at]antoninocondorelli[dot]com
YOUR DONATION WILL HELP US TO TELL THE ALBINOS STORIES AND WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES.
If you are a company and you are looking for a different message for your business, apply to us.
You will share The Albino Project on your web site and improve your brand’s solidarity message.
We will share your company’s logo on this web site, book, communication materials and more.
Contact us by filling in the sponsorhip form to be informed about the sponsorhips opportunities or write us at:
antonino@thealbinoproject.com
YOUR SUCCESS MAKES ALBINOS LIVES FREE!

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