Panamian Albinos Fight With the Sun God

For years, the alabaster-skinned people born on this sun-scorched constellation of islands off Panama's Caribbean coast have been venerated as the Grandchildren of the Sun.
But that same sun - their mythic, celestial ancestor - is also their greatest foe.
Experts say there are hundreds of albinos among the 80,000 indigenous Guna, or Kuna, who live in Panama, nearly half on the mainland of the Guna Yala region and three dozen of its 365 palm-speckled islands. There has been no census but Pascale Jeambrun, founder of the local S.O.S Albino organization, says one in every 150 Guna children born is albino.
At a global level, the rate is believed to be around 1 in 17,000.
In some countries like Tanzania, albinos can be persecuted and killed as a symbol of bad luck, or witchcraft. But the Guna treat their albino children with love and respect.
Yira Boyd, mother of 6-year-old Guna albino girl Delyane Avila, told Reuters "As the ancestors say, it's a blessing, If you look after them you can arrive at that special place in the heavens."