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Pope spearheads effort to help albino Africans

June 25, 2014

Pope Francis has lent his personal support to an initiative to help African albinos, recording several passages of a novel about their plight.

The Pope became the first person to record a portion of Ombra Bianco (“White Shadow”), which is described as a “social audio book” aimed to raising awareness of the difficulties facing albino Africans. “Being white in Africa, they are least among all others,” the organizers of the initiative say.

The Ombra Bianca initiative invites volunteers to record a passage from the book in their own voice, using a multilingual translation system. Organizers are hoping that the number of people contributing to the recording will set a new record, and pave the way for an effective fundraising campaign.


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