In some parts of East Africa, widespread misconceptions and dangerous cultural superstitions regarding congenital disorders like albinism permeate through society like a foreboding plague. Justifying the mutilation and dismemberment of people born without skin pigmentation for those who prescribe to the belief that they are not harming “people”, but “ghosts” sent to curse their community. Simultaneously, because the body parts of people with albinism are also believed to possess magical properties that can bring wealth and good fortune, the threat of being brutalized, sold, and used by ruthless dealers and witchdoctors is a serious one. Unfortunately, it’s a threat that has yet to be eradicated.
The persecution of people with albinism in some parts of Africa is not an easy subject to approach on any level, let alone a creative one. It is, however, an important discussion to have if the aim is to spread awareness about this disturbing practice and to potentially prevent undue suffering in the future. Adding their voices to the growing discussion is writer, Erica J. Heflin, and artist, Amanda Rachels, who have joined together with Inverse Press, to produce the series, “Flesh of White”. This Kickstarter funded supernatural-horror project spans four issues, and while purely fiction, is inspired by the very real and horrifying atrocities plaguing certain areas of Africa. READ MORE