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They are not cursed, God created them to be unique

A tribe known as the VaDoma, a rare Zimbabwean ostrich tribe with two toes.

The Vadoma people also known as the Bantwana tribe which means children/descendants, are tribe living in the north of Zimbabwe.

There are many in their community who can't wear shoes due to the shape of the feet due to a condition known as ectrodactyly or lobster claw syndrome in which the middle three toes are absent and the two outer ones are turned in resulting to a tribe being known as the "two-toed" or "ostrich-footed" tribe. This is an autosomal dominant condition resulting from a single mutation on chromosome number.

The elders of the Vadoma people claim that their remote ancestors were birds like beings who came from the stars and mixed their DNA with early earth woman to produce offspring.

They still can walk but with some difficulty according to the shape, running is difficult to them, it is said this condition helps them while climbing trees.

The condition prevails because of a small genetic pool among the VaDoma and is propagated by tribal law that forbids members to marry outside the group.

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