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KABANGA, Tanzania — As an infant in rural Tanzania, Angel Salvatory was unusual. Snow-white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes set her apart from others in her village. Those looks have also made her a target.
‘‘Her father thought she was a gift from God,’’ says Salvatory’s mother, Bestida Simon. ‘‘One that he could use to get riches.’’
Since surviving an attack led by her father, Salvatory has spent four years living in the Kabanga Protectorate Center, a government safe house for people living with albinism.
‘‘Angel’s father led a group to attack her. He had wanted to attack her since she was 3 months old. He thought if they’d take Angel to a witch doctor as a sacrifice that they could get rich,’’ Simon said.
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