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'People with albinism deserve the dignity of every other human being' - activist

13 June 2019 3:58 PM
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The UN reports that nearly 80 people living with albinism in Tanzania have been murdered since 2000.

Nomasonto Mazibuko is an activist and the founder of the Albinism Society of South Africa.

She's campaigning for funding to help raise awareness of the issues affecting people with albinism.

Often people living with the condition are subject to stigma, rejection and even violence.

Mazibuko says that across the continent a belief in witchcraft has led to the creation of myths surrounding people with albinism - one being that their body parts bring luck.

A United Nations report shows that nearly 80 people living with albinism in Tanzania have been murdered since 2000.

In Malawi and Tanzania they say that if a fisherman ties the hand or finger of a person with albinism tied to their bait, they catch a lot of fish.

Nomasonto Mazibuko, Founder - Albinism Society of South Africa

Mazibuko says while education is crucial, she believes it will take some time before the stigma attached to the condition is eradicated completely.

It is not going to be effective in this generation because people already feel that we are lucky charms, it will only come after the next generation to know that people with albinism deserve the dignity of every other human being.

Nomasonto Mazibuko, Founder - Albinism Society of South Africa

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13 June 2019 3:58 PM
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Albinism

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