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Michelle Evans Milota, Executive Director of the XP Family Support Group, travels to a house on the Navajo reservation to help a family protect their home from UV rays which would be extremely harmful to their child who has XP.
Meet Dorey and Yolanda Nez who had two children with XP. People with XP are extremely sensitive to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. If undiagnosed and untreated, XP can lead to the early onset of skin cancer and blindness.
Dorey and Yolanda meet with a historian to learn more about the Long Walk. The Long Walk was the climax of a brutal war of near-extermination waged against the Navajo people, beginning in 1862 when Americans invaded the Southwest. More than 10,000 Navajos were forced to walk 500 miles—those who could not keep up were shot—and subsequently imprisoned in a camp called Bosque Redondo.
In the documentary 'Sun Kissed,' a Navajo couple searches for answers to why their children have a rare genetic disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal. Learn more about xeroderma pigmentosum, otherwise known as XP, and the possible connection it has to the Long Walk, a dark episode in Navajo history.
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