ALBINOS IN SOUTH AFRICA LIVING IN FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES

DURBAN– As South Africa marked International Albinism Day on Wednesday, the KwaZulu-Natal Province branch of the Albinism Society of South Africa said that while it is obseving the day, it’s also fighting severe discrimination.

People in South Africa who live with albinism often live in fear of their lives, it said, adding that in some parts of eastern and southern Africa, people with albinism were being killed.

This is primarily because of a belief that their body parts have magic powers.

Zulmira Nhatave is a Safety, Health and Environmental Officer at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial office of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). She is among many people living with albinism in the country.

People with the congenital disorder lack pigmentation in their skin, hair and eyes. But it has not deterred her from fulfilling her dreams.

Two of her four siblings — a brother and sister — were also born with albinism. Her brother, Sibusiso,went missing in 2011 in Esikhawini in northern KwaZulu-Natal, when he was 14-years-old. He has never been found and it has left her family devastated.

Nhatave said she wants to inspire other people with albinism and campaigns against the discrimination experiences by albinos in the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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