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South African family worries over children's fate

Updated : January 30, 2019 10:28 AM IST

Buhle Mathebule, 4 years old, squints against the harsh sunlight outside her family's one-room shack in Ekangala, South Africa. She is spending rare time with her sister, 11-year-old Perlucia, who is home for the holidays. Buhle was born with albinism. Perlucia was badly burned as a baby. Both children are the source of much worry for their parents, who support the family and its delicate medical needs with part-time construction work.

11-year-old burn victim Perlucia Mathebule, left, and her 4-year-old sister, Buhle who has albinism, pose for a photograph outside their one-room shack in Ekangala, South Africa, where the two are spending rare time with one another during the school holidays. Perlucia was badly burned at the age of 6 months and Buhle was born with albinism. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
11-year-old burn victim Perlucia Mathebule, left, and her 4-year-old sister, Buhle who has albinism, pose for a photograph outside their one-room shack in Ekangala, South Africa, where the two are spending rare time with one another during the school holidays. Perlucia was badly burned at the age of 6 months and Buhle was born with albinism. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Both children are the source of much worry for their parents, who support the family and its delicate medical needs with part-time construction work.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Both children are the source of much worry for their parents, who support the family and its delicate medical needs with part-time construction work.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
 Perlucia receives support from an aid group, Children of Fire, in Johannesburg.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
 Perlucia receives support from an aid group, Children of Fire, in Johannesburg.  (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Buhle often stays in the shack to protect her skin from the unforgiving sun. Her parents worry she could be targeted by people believing that the body parts of people with albinism have special powers, though that danger is greater in other countries in the region. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Buhle often stays in the shack to protect her skin from the unforgiving sun. Her parents worry she could be targeted by people believing that the body parts of people with albinism have special powers, though that danger is greater in other countries in the region. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Burn victims Perlucia Mathebule, left, and Mbali Hleza prepare spaghetti bolognese during a cooking lesson at the Child of Fire Charity in Johannesburg. Perlucia was severely burnt when just six months old after she was left in the care of her two-year-old sister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Burn victims Perlucia Mathebule, left, and Mbali Hleza prepare spaghetti bolognese during a cooking lesson at the Child of Fire Charity in Johannesburg. Perlucia was severely burnt when just six months old after she was left in the care of her two-year-old sister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Burn victim Perlucia Mathebule stirs a pot of bolognese sauce during a cooking lesson at the Child of Fire Charity in Johannesburg. Mathabule was severely burnt in her one room shack home when just six months old after she was left in the care of her two-year-old sister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Burn victim Perlucia Mathebule stirs a pot of bolognese sauce during a cooking lesson at the Child of Fire Charity in Johannesburg. Mathabule was severely burnt in her one room shack home when just six months old after she was left in the care of her two-year-old sister. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Buhle Mathebule, 4 years old, squints against the harsh sunlight outside her family's one-room shack in Ekangala, South Africa. She is spending rare time with her sister, 11-year-old Perlucia, who is home for the holidays. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Buhle Mathebule, 4 years old, squints against the harsh sunlight outside her family's one-room shack in Ekangala, South Africa. She is spending rare time with her sister, 11-year-old Perlucia, who is home for the holidays. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
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