Experts draft formula to save albinos

Ikponwosa Ero, United Nations expert

Ikponwosa Ero, United Nations expert

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – HUNDREDS of people with albinism have been killed over the past decade, fuelled by erroneous beliefs their body parts can
generate luck and wealth in witchcraft potions and amulets.

It is against this horror that a group of African leaders with albinism and experts working for the realisation of the rights of persons with
albinism are meeting in Kenya to develop a regional action plan on albinism.

Led by Ikponwosa Ero, United Nations expert on the subject, they are meeting in the eastern Lukenya until tomorrow (Tuesday).

30 experts have gathered to prepare roadmap of specific measures aimed at dealing with the human rights issues faced by persons with albinism.

Participants from 15 countries in Africa are affected by cases of attacks and discrimination, will participate alongside government, civil society
and national human rights institutions.

Ahead of the meeting, United Nations rights bodies disclosed during the last decade, more than 600 attacks across 26 African countries had been

“These are reported cases alone,” said Ero.

Albinos, mostly women and children, face entrenched discrimination and stigma, which extends to their family members.

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