Jef Boes and ILA Foundation, Initials LA's non profit organisation, went to Tanzania to visit albino children. In some parts of the country, albino hunters brutally hack off the hair, arms, legs, skin, eyes and genitals of albino's because these body parts are believed to be necessary for witch doctors' spells and potions. In addition to this unbearable cruelty, the body of albino people doesn't produce melanin - a natural sun protector - and the lack of it raises the risk of getting skin cancer. Jef Boes and his team visited Mwereni school and Orphanage in Moshi, Tanzania, where children with disabilities, blind children and albino children live and learn together to protect them from kidnappers. ILA Foundation is a part of Initials LA, helping non-profit organisations in creating imagery to raise awareness.
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Photography: Jef Boes
Director: Jef Boes
Creative director: Dieter Van Hoof
D.O.P: PJ Claessens
Sound engineer: Klankwerk
Edit, online & grading: Joris Willems
Production: Initials LA