Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer & founder of @tooyoungtowed. I am also a Canon Explorer of Light. All photos Stephanie Sinclair.
Deepa Pullan sits in the late afternoon sun near her home in Delhi, India. Deepa has albinism, a rare condition caused by a recessive genetic trait which leads to little or no melanin, or pigment, in the skin, hair, and eyes. Today, June 13, is International Albinism Awareness Day. While albinism can be found in living beings across the globe, its occurrence varies greatly. For instance, albinism is more widespread in Tanzania than in any other country. About one in 1,400 people there is born with the trait, and about one in 17 carries the recessive gene. In Europe and North America the rate is only one in 20,000. On the San Blas Archipelago off Panama, the rate among the Guna people is a staggering one in 70. Sadly, people with albinism face struggles no matter where live. They are commonly discriminated against and their low vision — a result of the lack of pigment in the eyes — often leave people with albinism legally blind, often without accommodations in school or the rest of society to make their lives more accessible. They are also more susceptible to skin cancer and in many places don’t have access to sunscreen. In the worst cases, they are hunted for their body parts by those who mistakingly think magic positions made of them will bring them good fortune. For more information about albinism, please visit @noahalbinism. #inmyskiniwin#albinism#beauty#color#canonexploreroflight#exploreroflight#canoncps
Enjoying my coffee in my awesome new 50mm Canon lens mug!!!! Thank you @CanonUSA for the surprise gift! •
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My husband and daughter have some quiet time. Every parent celebrates their child’s firsts: first birthday, first haircut, first words, first day of school. My husband, Bryan, and I are no different – except that as adoptive parents, we’ve crammed years’ worth of firsts into the last 12 months, such as the image above: first iPad (especially helpful for children with visual impairments). Just over a year ago, my husband and I officially became parents to Forest, then 7, and Lotus, who was 3½. Since then, it’s been a torrent of firsts: first lost tooth, first words in English, first birthday parties, first family vacation, first Christmas, first trip to urgent care. To mark the anniversary of our plunge into parenthood, please see my latest blog post (link in bio) which includes excerpt from the full story of our adoption in National Geographic titled, “How Photographing Adoption Changed This Family’s Future.” #albinism#family#adoption#light#blackandwhite#canonusa#exploreroflight
United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) chat with Boko Haram survivors Ya Kaka, 18, and Hauwa, 17, at the conclusion of a bipartisan International Women’s Day event on Capitol Hill where the girls shared their stories with over a dozen U.S. Senators. There, they advocated for the thousands of girls who remain captive in northern Nigeria by the terrorist group. The event, a collaboration between @TooYoungToWed and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Susan Collins (R-Maine), comes at a time when violence against women dominates the national – and international – conversation.
• @TooYoungToWed is a nonprofit organization named after @natgeo article published in 2011 that I photographed. The girls were abducted and forced into marriages with militants in 2014, months after the more widely know Chibok school girl kidnappings. They will be in NYC for the next week, continuing their journey from survivor to advocate as their raise their voices for their sisters. #BringBackAllOurGirls#tooyoungtowed#endchildmarriage#girls#internationalwomensday#IWD2018
Ya Kaka, 18, takes a photo of her first bowl of Asian style soup. Wary at first, she reported that it was delicious! •
Former Boko Haram abductees Hauwa and Ya Kaka, are here in the Washington DC to share their stories with lawmakers and advocate for the thousands of other girls in northern Nigeria who remain kidnapped and forcibly wed to militants. •
Ya Kaka’s fate could have been different had the Nigerian government moved faster to rescue them. “We were not taken to forest immediately, but there were no attempts to rescue us in the month we were there.” she said. “Had they responded immediately, we could have been rescued there. The government should assist and rescue the girls that are still in the bush.” •
Hauwa, 17, and YaKaka, 18, visit Capitol Hill. At a time when violence against women dominates the international conversation, both girls, whom were forced to marry insurgents before escaping the fighters’ grasp, have traveled 6,000 miles to Washington, D.C., eager to share their harrowing tales with lawmakers and UN officials over the next 16 days. “The situation was terrible. I was so afraid living with people I didn’t know. I finally got the courage to leave,” said Hauwa, whose infant son died of malnutrition as she fled with him through the bush to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. “The only thing I want now is to go to school. What happened to me has ruined every part of my life. The only hope I have is if I can get an education,” she said when we interviewed her in late 2016. Since then, Too Young to Wed has supported both their educations, as well as all of those interviewed for our Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria story. Please follow their journey as they transform from survivor to advocate. #tooyoungtowed#girls#girlseducation#endchildmarriage#letgirlslearn
Ya Kaka, 18, and Hauwa, 17, at Dulles International Airport. At a time when violence against women dominates the international conversation, Hauwa, 17, and fellow kidnap victim Yakaka, 19, both of whom were forced to marry insurgents before escaping the fighters’ grasp, have traveled 6,000 miles to Washington, D.C., eager to share their harrowing tales with lawmakers and UN officials over the next 16 days. “The situation was terrible. I was so afraid living with people I didn’t know. I finally got the courage to leave,” said Hauwa, whose infant son died of malnutrition as she fled with him through the bush to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. “The only thing I want now is to go to school. What happened to me has ruined every part of my life. The only hope I have is if I can get an education,” she said when we interviewed her in late 2016. Since then, Too Young to Wed has supported both their educations, as well as all of those interviewed for our Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria story. Please follow their journey as they transform from survivor to advocate. #tooyoungtowed#girls#girlseducation#endchildmarriage#letgirlslearn
School girls leave a mosque under construction in Maiduguri, Nigeria, where some Boko Haram abductees have found refuge. Last week, 110 girls went missing after an attack on a school in northeast Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. The fate of the girls is not yet known, though families fear they have abducted as brides for the extremists, who in 2014 kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok. About 100 of the Chibok girls have yet to return to their families nearly four years later.
For the next 16 days @tooyoungtowed will be hosting two Boko Haram survivors who were forced to into marriage and early motherhood before their escape. They shared their stories with us in late 2016 for our Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria project published in the NYT Sunday Review. @tooyoungtowed has since supported the girls in our project with scholarships. Please follow our feed to see their journey from survivors to advocates unfold. They coming to the US to share their stories with lawmakers and will be honored on March 8th, International Women’s Day, at our inaugural gala in NYC, (for more info please visit the link in our profile). The following week, they will be part of our delation to the United Nations’ 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. #empowerment#tooyoungtowed#endchildmarriage#girls#advocacy#survivor#letgirlearn#girlseducation