White Ebony (or Blanc Ebène in French) wins a honourable mention at the UNICEF photo of the year Award.

I was born and raised in the Congo (DRC). After leaving Africa, I spent my life traveling around the globe and  came back to my native country  in June 2013.

I remember as a child, I was absolutely fascinated by the albinos. Twenty years later, this fascination is even more rooted in me than what I thought.

Being a person with albinism in many part of Africa is not the best gift life could grant you. Although, the Ndundus (albino in Lingala)  in the Congo are better off then their Tanzanian and Burundian counterparts – killed and mutilated by witch doctors – they are stigmatised and discriminated by the society. But people in albinism in DRC are slowly making their way towards integration and fighting hard for their right:

This photo report is a testimony of hope, courage, love and success and it can hopefully be used to promote understanding and tolerance towards people with albinism  in the Congo and in the rest of Africa.

I am blessed to have had the support of Salif Keita, who came to support an event I had organised in Kinshasa. The event started with the distribution of a 150 glasses to children that were screened in the ophthalmological center of Masina, followed by an outdoor exhibition in the streets of Kinshasa and the day ended up with a concert of Salif Keita.

Thank you to all the people who showed that day to support this cause and thank you to all the sponsors of the event!

This photo report also won a honorable mention at the UNICEF Photo of the year Award.

See also:

Find out everything about White Ebony HERE

PONA BANA, UNICEF DRC : “Tous les enfants, qu’ils soient noirs, blancs, bleus ou verts, ont les mêmes droits!”

PONA BANA, UNICEF DRC: “Blanc ébène – Célébrons ensemble la différence”

PONA BANA, UNICEF CONGO: PHOTO de la semaine

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PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SALIF KEITA AND EXHIBITION: 

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