Albino sisters
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Albino sisters

Albino sisters

Tindi, left, and Bibiana Mashamba, albino sisters from Tanzania, sit in on professor Jody Armour’s USC tort law class on Aug. 24. They just received asylum in the U.S.

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Albino sisters

Bibiana Mashamba, an albino teen from Tanzania, leaves the classroom after attending a USC law class with sister Tindi on Aug. 24.

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Albino sisters

Tindi Mashamba, with a law book, right, and sister Bibiana Mashamba, center, ride an elevator with guardian Malena Ruth, left, to sit in on a USC law class on Aug. 24.

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Albino sisters

Jean Reisz, USC Audrey Irmas clinical teaching fellow, center, greets Tindi Mashamba, left, and sister Bibiana, along with second-year law student Elena Babakhanyan, second from right, and the girls’ guardian, Malena Ruth, far left, at the USC Gould School of Law on Aug. 24.

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Doctor visit

Bibiana Mashamba attaches her prosthetic leg after a doctor visit.

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Doctor visit

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Anthony Scaduto talks with Bibiana Mashamba during an appointment at Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles.

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Doctor visit

Bibiana Mashamba, right, and her younger sister Tindi wait for their guardian Malena Ruth following an appointment at Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles.

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Lunch break

Guardian Malena Ruth, left, grabs a pigtail on Tindi Mashamba’s head during a lunch break from homeschool studies in Los Angeles.

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Ballet lesson

Bibiana Mashamba, left, and her younger sister Tindi take a ballet lesson in Rancho Palos Verdes. 

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Halloween party

Bibiana Mashamba picks out a pumpkin to decorate at an Orthopaedic Institute for Children Halloween party in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2015.

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Reading

Tindi Mashamba holds a book close to read. Her vision was weakened when she went years without needed glasses.

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Home school

Tindi Mashamba, left, sits on the floor with guardian Malena Ruth, center, and her older sister Bibiana during a lunch break from home school.

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Studying

Bibiana Mashamba tries to recall a phrase while studying English.

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Riding a horse

Bibiana Mashamba prepares to ride a horse for the first time at Palos Verdes Stables in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Ballet lessons

Bibiana Mashamba, left, and her younger sister Tindi take a ballet lesson with Liz Cantine, foreground, in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Text message

Guardian Malena Ruth, left, looks over a text message with Tindi Mashamba.

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Getting a hug

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Anthony Scaduto hugs Tindi Mashamba after an appointment with Bibiana Mashamba, right, at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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