>> This is Zimbabwe's first ever Ms. Albinism. And now, Sithembiso Mutukura wants to use her position to fight the stigma and discrimination that she's faced all her life. My extended family particularly the patrilineal side, they were not that accepting about my condition. Actually, I'm not the only kid who's got albinism in our family.
I'm the third kid but still they were not that accepting. In fact, when I was born they became more aggressive, like, no they stand, doomed.>> One in every 15,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa is affected by Albinism, a congenital condition characterized by a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes.
Discrimination leads some parents to abandon children with albinism or keep them out of school. Albino body parts are also prized in witchcraft as they are believed to bring wealth and good luck. That's reportedly resulted in more than 600 attacks in 26 African countries since 2007. With almost two thirds of the victims being children.
Countering such discrimination is what inspired Mutukoura, a 22 year old student at the University of Zimbabwe, to enter Miss Albinism 2018. It's the second such event on the African continent after Kenya launched a similar competition in 2016.