In many parts of Africa, people with albinism are misunderstood, mistreated, and even attacked or killed. Now they are also being blamed for the coronavirus pandemic.
Traditional African belief systems have cast people with albinism as having magical properties and there is a lucrative trade in their body parts.
The coronavirus has also become a significant health issue because of lockdowns. People with albinism cannot access vital medical support and supplies of suncream.
International Albinism Awareness Day on June 13 aims to create a world where people with albinism can live a life free of stigma, discrimination, fear, and violence. The 2020 theme is “Made to Shine.”
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People with albinism living in Africa are being blamed and persecuted for the coronavirus pandemic now hitting the continent, adding to the discrimination and stigma that already can blight their lives.
So far, Africa has been the continent least affected by COVID-19. But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week that the pandemic is accelerating. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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