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Albinos call for more awareness, protection

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
NATIONAL Albinism Initiative Networking of Zambia (NAINZ) says persons living with albinism need a visible platform to raise awareness, especially in countries with records of attacks and severe discrimination.
The NAINZ has also welcomed the decision by the United Nations (UN) for declaring  June 13 of every year as International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD).
According to the declaration and adoption of this day, member states are to provide the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with information on the initiatives being taken to promote and protect the human rights of persons with albinism. This includes efforts to increase awareness of the human rights situation of persons with albinism and understanding albinism.
NAINZ national executive director Dickson Konkola said recently that the IAAD is an avenue through which people living with albinism can make their voices heard.
“I am thrilled the UN has taken this very significant step. We have a dream that one day people with albinism will take their rightful place throughout every level of society. We hope that days of discrimination against persons with albinism will be a thing of the past,” Mr Konkola said.
The NAINZ is a local non-governmental organisation advocating for the promotion of human rights for people living with albinism in Zambia.
Albinism is a genetic condition where people are born without the usual pigment (colour) in their bodies. Their bodies aren’t able to make a normal amount of melanin, the chemical that is responsible for eye, skin, and hair pigmentation.
A 37-year-old albino woman of Chief Magodi in Lundazi was recently brutally murdered by four suspected ritual killers who cut off her right hand and plucked out her teeth.
The suspects attacked Charity Zimba in her house while she was with her husband Robby Nyirongo, who was also assaulted and later hospitalised.


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