People living with albinism have been urged to shrug off the inferiority complex that usually deters most of them from achieving and fulfilling their dreams but rather stand up and claim their rights in society.The failure by most albinos to leave to their expectations in life has been attributed to societyâ€™s tendency of looking down upon them, a situation which has also led to the break up of many marriages after the birth of albino children.
This has however been condemned by Cde Oppah Muchinguri who was the guest of honor at the graduation ceremony for parents and people living with albinism who recently concluded business courses at the Community Health and Empowerment Network College in the capital.
Cde Muchinguri said it is time that communities realise that albinism is not a disease but a skin defect; hence there is the need to stop treating such people with contempt.
â€œPoliticians should take time to deal with the issue of albinism,â€ said Cde Muchinguri.
The president of the people living with albinism, Trisheillah Ziwira warned fellow albinos from falling pray to bogus organisations and individuals who distribute fake lotions and soaps, saying these usually lead to skin defects including cancer.
â€œDo not accept lotions that you are not sure of or which are not clinically certified,â€ Ziwira said.
Zimbabwe has an estimated 15 000 albinos and calls have been made to ensure that they get equal job opportunities in all sectors of the economy.