International Albinism Day: Stop Discrimination Against Albinos- TAF
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the “International Albinism Awareness Day”, the Albino Foundation has called on Nigerians to stop the discrimination against albinos in the country.
The founder, Albino Foundation,Mr. Jake Epelle who made the call at an event to mark the occasion in Abuja also stressed the need to stop all forms of violence and abuse against people living with the condition.
According to Mr. Epelle, the International Albinism Awareness Day celebration was aimed at drawing attention to states and members of the public on the challenges faced by persons with albinism.
He decried the rate of discrimination against Albinos when seeking for employment opportunities.
According to him, Albinos are denied employment because of their skin color, adding that they are also being jilted in relationships by their spouses and regarded as not being presentable.
“The celebration is as a result of the widespread discrimination, stigmatisation and dehumanisation against persons with albinism face.
“As well as the human right abuse and brutal killings around the world, especially in Africa,’’ he observed.
Mr. Epelle also called on the Federal Government to make education free and compulsory for persons with albinism and disabilities in the country to encourage them get educated.
He however called for more support from the government, non-governmental organization and Nigerians so their assistance can get to the Albinos that really need the help.
On her part, the Head of Civil Service of the federation, Mrs.Winifred Oyo-ita, represented by the Director Civil Service Transformation, Mr.Gabriel Aduda, who said the government was aware of the challenges of persons with albinism in the country assured that the government would continue to work with the albino foundation in tackling these challenges.
Some persons with albinism who spoke with KFM online, said the segregation has left some of them traumatized, adding that they are also being jilted in relationships by their spouse and sometimes regarded as not being presentable.
The event which had in attendance Representatives from European Union, French and german embassies, featured paper presentation on “Skin Cancer Prevention In Albinism” and “Eyecare Management In Albinism.”
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Advancing With Renewed Hope”.