Doll makers in South Africa turn to craft to break stereotypes about people with albinism
There is widespread stigma and violence towards people with albinism in large parts of Africa.
Now doll makers in South Africa have come up with a unique way to fight this bias. They are doing this by creating dolls that resemble girls with albinism to help break stereotypes.
Albinism is a hereditary condition that causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes. It often results in impaired vision and affects people of all ethnicities.
About one in 18,000 to 20,000 people in the world are living with albinism.
There is a lot of stigma surrounding people with albinism, resulting in discrimination and isolation. As a result, people with albinism are often targets of hate crimes in Africa.
33-year-old Bryan, an international model from the West Indies, is attracting attention with her collection of dolls, called Alexa. She decided to make the Alexa dolls after reading about how young girls with albinism are being killed.
Bryan hopes the Alexa dolls will tell the world what is being done to people living with albinism in Africa.
She also wants to create dolls that kids can relate to.
There are two other businessman who are doing the same. They are Hlahla and Vilakazi-Ofosu, creators of the Sibahle Collection of dolls. They are also addressing discrimination and violence against those living with albinism with their Zuri doll.
They started off with a small number of dolls just to test the market and were stunned by the response. They sold 100 dolls in two days.
Hopefully these dolls will help end the violence against people with albinism by normalizing their presence in the community.