Albinism Project

Albinism in East Africa

Albinism Project: Persons with Albinism are at high risk in East Africa because they are the victims of vile superstitions.

african albinismAlbinism is a genetic condition caused by recessive genes inherited from both parents. It is characterized by a lack of pigment in a person’s hair, skin and eyes. In the US approximately 1 in every 17,000 persons has albinism. In Africa the rate is 1 out of every 2,000 people. Only 2 percent of people with albinism live to age 40. The average person with albinism in East Africa dies by age 30 from skin cancer. Visual impairment and extreme light sensitivity is also common among persons with albinism, many of whom are blind.

In many parts of East Africa, people with albinism are denied education and they face profound social stigma and isolation, due to the negative myths that surround the condition. The myths contribute to the isolation and mistreatment that many experience. Some people in rural East Africa believe that people with albinism are “ghosts” or that albinism is a curse. Persons with albinism are also targets for traditional healers, who harvest body parts to make potions for wealth, success and even election victories.

african_albinism_1In Tanzania, children with albinism are in the most danger of becoming victims of the witch doctors. LWCCF has committed to house, educate and guard two or more children with Albinism at LWCC. The first two, Dustan and Angelina, were rescued from very dangerous environments and arrived at Living Water Children’s Centre in Arusha in October 2014. Angelina hopes that her sister can soon join her, and the LWCCF board is seeking donations to make that happen.

Please donate to this LWCCF project today.

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