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Sipho ‘City’ Mahlalela (pictured above) was like any other man in his town in Swaziland. He had a wife, three children and a lively social life. The only difference was that ‘City’ was born with albinism, a rare genetic condition which results in little or no pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. Like other people with albinism, ‘City’ is also visually impaired. That’s why he was thrilled when he received his very own large-print Bible in SiSwati from the local Bible Society.

This joyous moment was supposed to mark the beginning of his beautiful journey with the Scriptures, but three weeks after receiving his Bible, ‘City’ was murdered. Many believe he was killed by ‘albino hunters.’

‘City’ is one of the reasons why the Bible Society is urgently working to create awareness about these key issues and the need to promote love, acceptance and protection of people living with albinism. Your support today will help our partner, the Bible Society in Swaziland continue this campaign until people with albinism no longer live in fear.
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“If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

– John 13.35 (CEV)

In some parts of Africa, people with albinism live in constant fear for their lives. They carry out simple daily activities – like going to school or working in the fields – at the risk of getting killed and dismembered.

In Swaziland, the prevalent belief is that the blood and body parts of a person with albinism bring luck. When sold to traditional healers, these can fetch a high price – which has led to a series of barbaric killings by so-called ‘albino hunters’. In late 2015, there were a number of people with albinism reported missing. But the community was silent about the disappearances. In some cases, even family members were involved. It is sad to think that albinos are discriminated against and persecuted even by their own immediate families and church communities. That is why those living with albinism are isolated and terrified.

The Bible Society is the first non-governmental organization to stand up for those living with albinism in Swaziland. Working together with our global partners, we are challenging traditional ways and practices that encourage persecution and discrimination against people with albinism. Guided by John 13.35, we are reaching out to churches and individuals with a message of love and respect for the marginalized in Swaziland society. Through the program Large Print Bibles for People Living with Albinism, the Bible Society in Swaziland is
  • Creating awareness about the plight of people living with albinism through various media channels.
  • Providing assurance of God’s love and acceptance from the Scriptures. Large-print Bibles in the SiSwati language are especially needed as people living with albinism are often visually impaired.
  • Facilitating discussions among church communities to encourage Christians to exemplify John 13.35 in their treatment of all people, including those with albinism.

Your gift today will help make a difference in the lives of people living with albinism. In the name of Jesus, your special offering will help distribute large-print Bibles in SiSwati. These Bibles cost only $20 each. With your help, we can reach every person living with albinism in Swaziland with the hope and life-giving Word of God.


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