Connolly featured in 20/20 report on albinism
It's been a busy congressional recess for Northern Virginia Rep. Gerald Connolly (D). By day he's been riding just about every form of transportation in the area -- including as a slug on I-66 -- and now, on Friday night, he will get some exposure on prime-time television.
Connolly will be on Friday's edition of ABC News' "20/20" as part of a story on the mistreatment by some East African nations of people with albinism, meaning that they lack pigment in their hair, eyes and skin. The program, according to a release from Connolly's office, focuses on "a young Tanzanian woman, Mariamu Stanford, whose arms were hacked off by villagers who sold them for profit. Rural witch doctors in the region believe the body parts of people with albinism have supernatural powers and can be mixed in potions to bring the buyer good luck."
Stanford was introduced to Connolly by some constituents from his 11th congressional district -- a video of their meeting is embedded above -- and she received a free set of prosthetic limbs from the Orthotic Prosthetic Center in Fairfax.
In March, the House passed a resolution authored by Connolly "[r]ecognizing the plight of people with albinism in East Africa and condemning their murder and mutilation."
August 27, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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