It’s sad that I could only fall asleep to the sound of your heartbeat.
You learn to love
that used to disgust you.
Those you cannot bear
you learn to accept.
Hating yourself is
It is time for you
Black children, look in the mirror. You are a reflection of Divinity. Don’t let them fool you with selective memory.
MK Asante Jr. (Two Sets of Notes)
in the african great lakes region, people with albinism face both ostracism from their communities and are hunted by those looking to sell their body parts to witch doctors. infants are abducted from mother’s beds and young children are kidnapped, where their eyes, genitals, arms and organs removed while alive.
with the body parts believed to be fetching tens of thousands of dollars on the black market, the trade is thought to be driven by the wealthiest members of society. “mutilation and murders of children with albinism are mostly met by social silence and indifference,” says a report released last year by the un’s special representative on violence against children.
in the past few years, there have been 72 reported killings and 35 reported attacks resulting in severe mutation in tanzania alone; in the rest of africa, there have been 45 reported killings and 30 severe mutilations, though the number of unreported cases would put the numbers much higher. a full, detailed listing of killings and attacks can be found here
photos by patricia willocq. last photo by simon lister. the award winning documentary, albino witchcraft murders, can be watched here. the united nations report on the persecution of persons with albinism.
|Daisy:||How old were you when you had your first kiss?|
|Carnation:||If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want to be the performer?|
|Jasmine:||What color looks best on you?|
|foxglove:||Name three facts about your family?|
|Allium:||What's the best thing you can cook?|
|Orange Blossom:||If you could pick the gender and appearance of your child, would you?|
|Calla Lily:||If you died right now, what song would you want to play at your funeral?|
|Poinsettia:||Favorite holiday dish?|
|Oxlip:||Would you ever get into a long distance relationship?|
|Primrose:||Favorite kind of soup?|
|Daffodil:||What's the most thoughtful present you've ever received?|
|Rose:||Are you currently in love with someone?|
|Amsonia:||Would you ever become a vegan?|
|Peony:||What's your favorite hot beverage?|
|Tulip:||For your birthday, what kind of cake do you ask for?|
|Myrtle:||Do you like going on airplanes?|
|Hibiscus:||Did you ever play an instrument? If so what?|
|Zinnia:||Who was your best friend when you were six years old?|
|Poppy:||What color was your childhood home?|
|Violet:||Do you like where you're from?|
|Locust:||What was your favorite book as a child?|
|Rhododendron:||What's the scariest dream you've ever had?|
|Queen Anne's Lace:||Would you rather carve pumpkins or wrap presents?|
|Magnolia:||Favorite kind of candy?|
|Aster:||Would you rather be cold or hot?|
|Marigold:||Do you listen to what's on the radio?|
|Heliconia:||Do you like when it rains?|
|Azalea:||What's a movie you cried while watching?|
|Dandelion:||Do you think you're important?|
"Wondering why we bother with love if it doesn’t last"
This quote right here is reblogged by those people who do not believe in L.O.V.E. even-though they’ve had the pleasure of tasting it. When most people think about love, they mostly think about a total stranger loving them unconditionally. They forget about the ones that have been there since day one. The ones God appointed to love you, to cherish you, to take care of you, give a shoulder to cry on, be there just because its a priority; F.A.M.I.L.Y! Of course love will not last because we are always looking for it in the wrong places.