Africa 'taking positive steps in protecting Albinos' but 'more needs to be done' – Group

2018-06-16 13:02
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Many positive steps have been taken across Africa to advance the rights of people living with albinism, but there was still more to be done, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) has said.

In a statement, SALC said that several countries on the continent had taken steps to improve data on the realities of people living with albinism.

The rights group said that Sierra Leone was conducting research to identify major challenges faced by people living with the genetically inherited condition.

It also said that Cameroon had documented standards of living for albinos, who resided in the country’s capital Yaoundé.

Nigeria had also taken a similar initiative.

People living with the condition were often seen by the lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.

Reports indicated that since late 2014, human rights organisations noted a rise in attacks on persons with albinism in Malawi.

The attacks stemmed from a belief that body parts belonging to people with albinism contain magical powers.

Criminals, allegedly members of gangs across southern and central Africa, abducted scores of people with albinism, hoping to sell their body parts on the black market.

Although, conclusive figures regarding attacks of people living with albinism were hard to obtain, with the United Nations saying that from 2000 to 2013 it received 200 reports of ritual attacks on people with albinism across 15 countries - all in Africa.

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