Children of the Moon

Alabaster-skinned people born on a sun-scorched group of islands off Panama’s Caribbean coast are venerated as “Children of the Moon”. Albinos make up between 5 and 10 percent of the roughly 80,000 indigenous Gunas who live on the mainland of the Guna Yala region and its islands. With their sensitive skin and eyes, young Guna albinos must be shuttled to and from school, avoiding the baking heat, while they watch their friends play in the streets. International Albinism Awareness Day was June 13th. [16 photos total]

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Delyane Avila, 6, who is part of the albino or "Children of the Moon" group in the Guna Yala indigenous community, draws on her notebook next to neighbors on Ailigandi Island in the Guna Yala region, Panama, on May 4. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Edna Perez, 71, sits outside her house on Ailigandi Island in the Guna Yala region on May 3. Perez suffers from skin cancer. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Jade Morales, 12, does her homework on a hammock inside her house on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region on April 26. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Children play under the full moon on Achutupu Island in the Guna Yala region on May 2. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Aigner Gonzalez, 17, poses for a photograph on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region on April 25. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Iveily Morales, 3, poses for a photograph on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region, Panama on April 24. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Kipigaliler Harris, 5, stands with friends and relatives outside his house as they look at the camera on Ogobsugun Island in the Guna Yala region Panama on April 28. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Iveily Morales, 3, stands by her house on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region, Panama, on April 24. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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The hands of Diwirgui Martinez, 40, are seen as he plays dominoes with friends on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region on April 25. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Iveily Morales, 3, stands next to her mother at their house on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region on April 24. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Four albino sisters, from left, Iveily, Donilcia, Jade and Yaisseth Morales, pose for a photograph with their mother, brothers and sisters outside their house on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region on April 24. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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A person's hands are seen holding an archive photograph of Margarita, a Guna albino or "Child of the Moon", that shows her during her visit to Washington in 1924, in this picture taken May 4. The photograph is displayed at the Guna congress on Achutupu Island in the Guna Yala region, Panama. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Diwirgui Martinez, 40, has his hair braided by a child in the Guna Yala region on April 28. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Yaisseth Morales, 11, stands amongst her classmates at the local school on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region on April 27. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Aneth Fernadez, 20, holds her new born baby by the doorway of her house on Ogobsugun Island in the Guna Yala region on April 26. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #
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Issac Gonzalez, 16, who is part of the albino or "Children of the Moon" group in the Guna Yala indigenous community, plays football with his friends on Ustupu Island in the Guna Yala region, Panama, on April 25. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) #

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