People living with albinism continue to face stigmatisation and discrimination highlighting huge awareness gaps that are prevailing within communities.
A line in the late musician James Chimombe’s song ‘Kudakwashe’ says “zvandapihwa nashe ndinogaramuchira,” when translated it means, ‘i accept whatever God has granted unto me’.
These are some of the lyrics people with albinism sing on a daily basis.
Work places and schools have more often been platforms of continued stigma and discrimination for people living with albinism
Despite all the challenges they face, those living with albinism continue to soldier on using their hands to earn a living just like everybody else.
There’s need to support and empower people with albinism for them to embark on income generating projects says Albinism Charity Initiative executive director Mrs Loveness Mainato.
Albinism is a genetic condition which affects the pigment in the eyes, hair and skin that does not deserve discrimination or stigmatisation.
The call has been for the world to be tolerant and acceptive of albinism by seeing beyond the skin colour.