Because of their appearance, people with albinism in Tanzania are often socially excluded and frequently (and sometimes violently) discriminated against.
In a gruesome attack, criminals in Kitwe, Zambia hacked off and fled with the hand of a seven year-old girl with albinism. The crime, believed to be a ritual attack has caused an outrage in Zambia and on social media with prominent campaigners on albinism coming out to strongly condemn the senseless act.
Sunscreens are available at state hospitals for people with albinism.
Nigerian photographer Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko had a photographic exhibition, White Ebony, at the Temple Muse and hosted by SMO Contemporary Art. The exhibition highlighted the daily struggles of people with Albinism.
Thando Hopa, a South African model, lawyer and activist, is on the April cover of “Vogue Portugal” for their “Africa Motherland” edition. The magazine stated that the issue is an ode “to origins” and to “Africa, as the birthplace of mankind”.
Women with albinism are making a strong and growing contribution to changing perceptions and seeing all People with Albinism (PWA) and other marginalised groups being integrated into society more fully.
A 5 year-old girl, Ramata Diarra was decapitated last month in a suspected ritual murder for her body parts in Mali. The Salif Keita Global Foundation published this emotional poem of the girl “speaking” from the grave, asking for justice, and protection of people with albinism.
Today we celebrate International Albinism Awareness Day with the global theme “shining our light to the world”. People with albinism continue to face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. “The battle continues, but we are gaining ground,” UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism Ikponwosa Ero said.
A five-year-old girl with albinism Djeneba Diarra was beheaded in a suspected ritual murder for her body parts in Mali. Her murder has caused an outrage in her home village and on social media. Prominent campaigner on albinism, Malian musician Salif Keita has commented on the murder of Djeneba, and pledged to fight for her justice.