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Zeru by Phillip Vargas


Abasi is a 12-year old boy living in the Takataka Dumps, one of the largest landfills in Tanzania. He spends his days struggling to find food, searching the mountainous heaps of garbage for anything worth keeping, and living in constant fear that someone will discover his secret.

Abasi is an albino.

In eastern Africa, where some people believe albino body parts are a source of magic, this can be a death sentence. Until now, Abasi has managed to stay one step ahead and remain hidden in the shadows. But when a group of rebels—led by a witchdoctor—arrives at the landfill, Abasi’s secret is revealed and he’s forced to run for his life.