As for Costar, he does not know when—or if—he will be able to leave his uncle’s home. But if he does, he says he will live with other relatives, for protection.
Stigma and loneliness remain central pillars in his life; people often do not want to touch him. He cannot drive a car because of his poor eyesight. But looking down at hands that remain free of sun damage, he says he knows he is lucky. A tourist saw him on the street as a toddler and told his parents about albinism, loading them up with a free supply of sunblock before the family found a local donation center. But for Costar and many other albinos in Tanzania, the danger remains—both in the light and in the dark.
Dina Fine Maron reported this story in Tanzania as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP).