Sunday, 6 July 2008

Albino: an endangered group

From Sunday Nation, Nairobi, Kenya

In all the places the trustees of the Albinism Foundation of East Africa have visited in the past 10 months, the absence of elderly people with the condition is striking. We have met many young children, many teenagers, and many people in their 30s or 40s, but only a few in their 50s, and only one in his 60s.

Media reports indicate that in the last year, at least 23 people with albinism have been killed in Tanzania. Shaymaa Kwegyir, a Tanzanian MP who was in Kenya at the invitation of the Albinism Foundation said there have been many more killings of people with albinism, particularly in the districts of Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mbeya, but they have not been reported.

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