JONATHAN WOODWARD: GLOBAL VIEW - UGANDA Wangode David struggles to show the way for other albinos April 5, 2007 When Wangode David's small, white body emerged from his black mother's womb, his father said he was a curse from God, a Western devil, and a humiliation. Wangode David He told his wife to kill Wangode, but his mother held the tiny albino baby close in the dark of the Ugandan night and refused. Wangode's father was too afraid to touch albino skin himself, so the infant lived to tell the tale. "He did not dare touch me. He was too scared of the colour," said Wangode, now 40, a Ugandan adult albino. "The same thing that doomed me also saved me." That's only one of the paradoxes of an albino's life in Africa. Endowed with black features but white pigment, albinos are not black or white. Treated like lepers, they exist between worlds, struggling with the stigma of appearing like a rich mzungu Westerner but, because of widespread discrimination and stigma, being much poorer. "We are not mzungus, but we are not Africans," says Wangode, who lives in Uganda. "We are a bat, we are not a bird, we are not an animal."

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