Living with albinism in one of the sunniest places on earth

Americas Now

Albinism is an inherited trait that affects one in 17,000 people around the world. The disorder, characterized by a lack of pigmentation in hair, skin, and eyes, makes albinos extremely sensitive to the sun. Their health is threatened by the slightest exposure to it.

Ironically, the highest number of albinos on the planet reside within the Guna indigenous community off the coast of Panama, where the sun’s rays can be scorching year-round.

Correspondent Grace Gonzalez visited the Guna Yala islands to meet the people known as the “Children of the moon,” and to show us how albinism presents a daily challenge to their survival.

Living with albinism, in one of the sunniest places on Earth

Living with albinism, in one of the sunniest places on Earth

The Guna Yala islands off the coast of Panama are home to a population known as "Children of the Moon," albinos who face a daily challenge to survive under the harsh rays of the sun.