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Last summer, Masanja came to visit his 6 year-old niece Margareth, along with her siblings and her mother, in the Tabora region of Western Tanzania. It seemed like a perfectly normal activity until I learned that Margareth's uncle had never come around to visit before, and that she and her mother have albinism.

Days later, Margareth disappeared. Her mother immediately sounded the alarm, telling her neighbours and the police. Instead of falling on deaf ears as too often happens in these situations, everyone jumped into action! Why? Because months earlier Under The Same Sun had been in to the villages in the area conducting a major Albinism Awareness campaign. We had visited the local police stations and authorities to build awareness. We had conducted public seminars with large crowds of curious villagers. People from nearby towns had also come. And we ran a series of TV and radio spots in the region, even holding a discussion program on Understanding Albinism at one local radio station.

So when Margareth disappeared, the neighbours instantly understood what might have happened. Was the little girl taken because she had albinism? Had the uncle abducted his niece? The villagers started a search. People noticed the movements of the uncle, and reported them to the police. The police got a tip that a man was looking for a buyer to purchase the little girl.

The police then set the trap. An officer posed as a witchdoctor. Soon, the uncle approached him offering a deal for Margareth. He was immediately arrested and quickly confessed to the abduction leading the police straight to the little girl. She was rescued and safely reunited to her family.
The uncle, who plead guilty to all charges including abduction with the intent to kill, was quickly brought to trial and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Every awareness raising activity does bring about change.

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