Marhaban Ya Rebellion - Vitiligo Activist, Ravik Akbar

#MarhabanYaRebellion symbolize that the holy month of Ramadan is never exclusive.

It is a celebration uniting people of society with different backgrounds, interests, and stories through series of unexpected photographs.

Presenting Ravik Akbar, a Vitiligo activist.

Vitiligo is a condition where one's skin loses its color pigmentation in patches. Loss of skin color can affect any part of the body. It affects 1% of the general population.

At the age of 9 years old Ravik was diagnosed with Vitiligo. It started on his knees and in less than a year it spread to his head. Ravik and his family tried different types of medications, but after trying for more than 3 years he decided to accept his condition.

“I used to be ashamed of myself - it affected my confidence. I was bullied and people were keeping distance from me - they were scared of being infected by Vitiligo. When it’s actually NOT infectious.” Says Ravik during our interview.

Ravik has grown a thick skin since his diagnosis 10 years ago. Now he hopes to cultivate education and positivity on Vitiligo. “Through my social media I want to use my voice by being vocal and sharing honest conversations to raise awareness.” For now, Ravik wishes to travel around Indonesia to educate the matter.

“Ramadan or not, kindness is a virtue that everyone should always spread.”