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New Start in New York City for Hunted Children with Albinism

SwimmingIt’s been a summer of firsts for a group of young amputees with Albinism currently living in New York City, from swimming in a pool to strolling through Times Square.

These five children with albinism, ranging from age 5 to 17, were hunted for their limbs, to be sold on the black market in Africa for use in potions, according to the Associated Press. This summer, they are getting prosthetic limbs and a chance to live in and explore New York City.

Their stay in the U.S. is sponsored by The Global Medical Relief Fund, a U.S. charity that helps children who have lost limbs in crisis zones obtain custom prostheses, the AP reported.

AP photographers Julie Jacobson, based in New York, and Matt Rourke, based in Philadelphia, have documented much of the children’s summer so far. Ms. Jacobson photographed the group at a birthday party, the beach, a pool and in Manhattan.

The group was “finally able to let loose a little and just be kids having fun,” she said.

One of her favorite experiences to shoot was the children’s visit to Times Square, where they were no different from other tourists.

The children were “slapping high fives with Spiderman and Batman, or posing for a photo with a Statue of Liberty character amidst a constantly moving crowd of people,” she said.

“Times Square is a place and frivolous experience that is a polar opposite to the reality of their trauma,” she said.

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