The Grisly Problem of Africans with Albinism...and What to Do about It

The World Health Organization and U.N. estimate that there are about 700 million people worldwide with some form of disability.  Approximately 400 million live in the developing world – and 80 million in Africa.  In most places in Africa, it's tough to have a disability.  It's tougher still if you're young or female. And it's much more of a problem still if you have one obvious and identifiable disability: albinism.  People with albinism are characterized by a genetic anomaly resulting in an absence of skin pigment that turns skin dark – their complexion is a pallid white, as is their hair, and most have blue eyes.  They are also susceptible to eyesight problems and are extremely vulnerable to skin cancer from sun damage.  So, on a very black continent, they are easily identifiable, and often for negative reasons. Generally, although not always, albinism in Africa carries the stigma of the...(Read Full Article)

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