Renewed hope for albinos

AlbinoFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THE African Union (AU) is stepping up efforts to address the rampant murdering of albinos in the continent.

A new campaign has been launched ahead of the 27th AU Summit scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda.

The event is scheduled for July 8 and 9 with Particular focus on the rights of human rights women.

“Africa stands united for zero tolerance on violence against women and the full protection of the rights of all people,” said AU Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Laast month, a first-ever regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

United Nations independent expert on albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, chaired the summit that developed specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries in the region.

The upcoming summit in Rwanda is among initiatives aimed at addressing albinos’ challenges.

Persons with albinism in the region of Sub Saharan Africa are facing some of the most extreme forms of human rights violations.

They face physical attacks fuelled by erroneous beliefs that their body parts can be used in potions and in other witchcraft practices.

A majority of victims are women and children.

They also face entrenched discrimination and stigma extending to their family members particularly mothers of children with albinism.

– CAJ News

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