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The Umoja Photographers

Under the guidance of British photographers Imogen Freeland and Brian Benson, the youth of Ukerewe find a new view Photography: at once an art form and a profession; a livelihood but also a way of capturing the world, of exploring, defining and exchanging perspectives. For people with albinism in Tanzania -- marginalised and brutalised for the colour of their skin -- economic security can be hard to find. Rarer still are opportunities to assert their voices,…

Print artist Alex Booker shares his craft with the residents of Ukerewe Island

Two years ago, I joined the Standing Voice team in an epic fundraising trip to the west coast of Scotland, canoeing and cycling hundreds of miles to support the building of the Umoja Training Centre on Ukerewe Island. Travelling to Tanzania to see the new centre with my own eyes -- and train the local community in the ancient art of woodcut printing -- was an opportunity I couldn't resist. Arriving at the centre, I was…

The Tunajitambua Tailors

For some, clothes are accessories; on Ukerewe, they’re a lifeline In Tanzania, it is not just people with albinism who face stigma, but their families and loved ones too. When a baby with albinism is born, the mother is almost universally ‘blamed’. Fathers regularly walk out and never return: the child’s skin colour at best a sign of adultery; at worst, a curse from God. In some cases, fathers have been direct perpetrators of…

Ukerewe's Young Reporters amplify the voices of their community

A faint crackle emanates from the radio. After a few seconds, the static clears to pick up the sound of voices. They belong to the Ukerewe Young Reporters, a youth radio group established by Standing Voice in 2016. The group meet monthly to record and broadcast their stories, and reconvened in June to document the inaugural Summer Skills Workshop and International Albinism Awareness Day celebrations at the Umoja Training Centre. The Ukerewe Young Reporters’ Group was…

Artist Annie-Marie Akussah embarks on an journey with the people of Ukerewe

I first heard of Standing Voice after creating a painting of a boy with albinism, inspired by Eric Nehr’s striking photography series featuring people with the condition in Burundi. I began researching the superstitious killing of people with albinism in East Africa and found the film In the Shadow of the Sun, which was directed by Harry Freeland, the founder of Standing Voice. I felt incredibly moved by the lives of those portrayed in the…