Head Girl

Newly confirmed Head Girl, Sisi, 15, at the Fiji School for the Blind, Suva.

Sisi suffers from albinism, a congenital condition that causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes. Fiji has one of the highest prevalences of albinism in the world - 1 in 700, as opposed to 1 in 17,000, almost 25 times the average rate in other countries.

Albinism in Fiji is widely misunderstood and people with albinism often experience prejudice and discrimination. Nevertheless, efforts are being made to destigmatise the condition, especially in the more remote villages across the island nation.

Some of the effects of albinism include extreme sensitivity to the sun, high rates of skin cancer and poor eyesight. Many suffer from visual impairment and blindness.

This portrait was taken during the prefect induction day at the Fiji School for the Blind, where Sisi was announced as Head Girl of the school.

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