Albino Sisters Granted Asylum to Attend School in Southern California After Attacks, Maiming

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Bibiana Mashamba, left, and her younger sister Tindi take a ballet lesson in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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The sisters tried to stay strong all those years of being taunted as “ghosts” for the color of their skin, of being beaten by their teachers — of an attack that almost killed one of them.

There was a dream, after all, at the end of the torturous road that began in their tiny African village: getting an education.

Born albinos, Bibiana and Tindi Mashamba missed so much school in their native Tanzania after an attack left “Bibi” without a leg and two fingers. Some people believed their rare genetic condition was related to witchcraft, or that their limbs and other body parts carried magical powers, and therefore could be sold.

Afraid, the girls stayed in the hospital after the attack.

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