How do we stop this? We have to begin by being tolerant, understanding and compassionate in our own lives. How can we help to stop this bigotry against people who have the albino condition? Please direct your comments to: http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/prejudice-takes-many-forms/#comment-23002
Fueled by Superstition, People Are Violently Attacking Albinos in Tanzania
By Samuel Oakford originally posted at Vice.com
August 27, 2014 | 6:15 pm
In the past month, a spate of violent attacks in Tanzania targeting people with albinism for their body parts has highlighted a morbid practice linked to witchcraft.
People with albinism, also known as albinos, are born with a deficiency of melanin pigmentation. Those with a complete lack of pigmentation have extremely pale skin and hair, and their eyes are typically a light shade of blue. The condition generally results from recessive genes carried by parents. Albinism in Africa brings with it an increased chance of developing fatal skin cancer, and the lack of pigment to protect eyes against the bright sun can cause sight problems.
Africans with the condition can suffer alienating social stigma in communities where their neighbors and relatives believe them to be ghosts, cursed, or…
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