In a killing that has sparked local and global outrage, armed men kidnapped and beheaded a 5 year old albino girl in Mali Sunday, according to a report from Agence France-Presse. Police suspect the early morning killing may have been a ritual murder due to the girl's rare genetic condition. The AFP said the mother of Djeneba Diarra first tried to pursue the kidnappers after they scaled a wall at around 2 a. The mother eventually turned back to protect her other child, who also has albinism, according to the AFP. A village teacher told the news outlet that the girl's body was later found decapitated. Community members who protested on Sunday told the news organization that it was a ritual killing, and that the perpetrators were likely harvesting the girl's body parts to use in a spiritual ritual ahead of a looming election on July
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Christelle Mengue, of Sutton, Surrey, spent years dying her hair and wearing dark make up to mask her white skin now acts as an advocate for others with albinism and embraces her skin. An albino woman taunted because of her skin has defied negative comments from people who believed she was 'cursed' by becoming a model. Christelle Mengue, 29, was born in Cameroon, Africa but raised in Paris, France as her family decided it was best for her safety to live with family there because people believed she was 'cursed' by a witch. But the big move didn't make it any easier for Christelle because she felt rejected by both the black and white communities. She spent her teenage years dying her hair and wearing dark make up to mask her white skin after being mocked by bullies. But she's now signed with Models of Diversity - who campaign for greater diversity of modelling talent on the catwalk - and acts as an advocate for others with albinism and embraces her skin. Christelle, who lives in Sutton, Surrey said: "When I was younger, I knew I was different, but I had no idea why - even when I grew up in a white community in France, I didn't feel accepted.
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Back to Health A to Z. Albinism affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes. It's a lifelong condition, but it doesn't get worse over time.
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