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Defending the Human Rights of People with Albinism

The lack of melanin has been considered a crime in Africa in general and in southern Africa in particular. This group of people has been and is still experiencing all sorts of stigmatisation, violence, and discrimination. This is due to different types of beliefs linked to them. As a result, they are killed in countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania and parts of their bodies such as hair, blood, bones etc. are used for rituals. Such barbaric behavior must stop. Some parents even go to the extent of rejecting their own children because they were born with albinism. What they forget is that for a child to be born with albinism, the two parents must carry the genes.

 We need to stop and eradicate such intolerant behavior and create awareness by reminding people that though they lack melanin, they are still our children, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces. Simply put, they are human beings and ought to be respected, accepted, and treated with dignity regardless of their color skin difference.

Join us to defend the human rights of albinism everywhere in Africa this 13th of June 2017.

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