Monday, 14 November 2016 09:31

LIBERIA: Protecting Albino Children

09 November 2016 - For generations, albinos have suffered because of the belief some countries and people have that leads them to hunt, kill and dismember albinos in the hope of ‘hitting the jackpot’ – that is, getting rich – which is outright cruel.

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ADDIS ABABA, 7 November 2016 - One in four children in many countries in Africa experience sexual violence, a document presented at the "International Policy Conference on the African Child" in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa said Monday.

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ADDIS ABABA, 7 November 2016 - Social affairs ministers from Sierra Leone, Lesotho and Uganda presented today the strategies and legal frameworks their respective countries employ to halt violent acts committed against children.

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2 September 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today said that despite all the success in tackling crimes against persons with albinism in Mozambique, their situation remains precarious as the authorities have yet to identify and arrest the masterminds behind such crimes.

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KAMPALA, 5 July 2016 – 'When my first son with albinism was born...I didn't know what to think, but I immediately decided to love him.'

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16 June 2016 - In Tanzania, most students with albinism attend school alongside peers who don’t live with this condition. The idea behind this approach is that such inclusion will ultimately eliminate discrimination against those with albinism – important in a country where as many as one in 1,400 people are affected. Albinism, which is a defect of melanin production, comes with a number of associated health problems: poor vision, functional blindness, light sensitivity and skin that is very sensitive to heat and the sun.

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GENEVA, 15 October 2015 - United Nations human rights expert Ikponwosa Ero today issued an urgent appeal for coordinated action in southern and eastern Africa  to tackle the upsurge in attacks against persons with albinism. Ms. Ero’s warned that “an apparent increase in demand for body parts of persons with albinism has been has been reported in the run up to elections in several African countries.”

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5 May 2015 - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a website dedicated to the issue of albinism aimed at debunking the myths of the rare condition which is “still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically.”

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