Mormon woman helps save African albinos

by | Oct. 12, 2010

Opinions & Features

It was during her first volun-tourism trip with the group Koins for Kenya that Jami Quesenberry, 47, from Salem, Utah, met the African woman Mwanahamisi and her daughter at a dispensary in Lutsangani, Kenya, a small village about 50 miles outside of the port city Mombasa in 2009.

Mwanahamisi's husband had divorced her for giving birth to albino children, and upon looking closer at the small girl, Jami noticed the child's skin was indeed white and covered in boils and scars from sun exposure.

The despair in Mwanahamisi's eyes said it all — and it haunted Jami all year.

Little did Jami know, the sun wasn't the child's only danger.  Although Mwanahamisi's husband had divorced her for having two albino children, in September of this year he learned that albinos could be sold for their skin. One trip across the border to Dar es salaam, Tanzania, and he could get himself 18 million Kenyan shilling. He came hunting for the children with a machete.
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