ABC's primetime news magazine program "20/20" recently reported on the brutal attacks that are occurring against people with Albinism in the east African nation of Tanzania. A year ago, Mariamu Staford, 28, survived one of these brutal attacks, but lost both of her arms. She eventually came to the U.S. where she as was fitted with a custom set of prosthetic limbs.
Mariamu's road to recovery and independence also brought her to National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), where she worked with occupational therapist Rahsaan Holley. Rahsaan had a short time to teach Mariamu how to use her new prosthetics. Starting from the beginning, she had to relearn how to do the simplest of tasks. With the help of her determination, Rahsaan helped Mariamu regain some of the independence she had lost following the attack, including opening doors, picking up objects, getting dressed and eating with utensils.
"I'm very happy and so grateful for everything," she told ABC News' Juju Chang. "The arms don't hurt, but even if I feel pain I will work through it because I know that these arms can help me."