4 barbaric practices against African children that need to stop now

Fatiatu Inusah April 16, 2019
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A child with albinism whose left limb was chopped off by organ harvesters. Photo credit: The Students for Humanity Review

Killing children with albinism

Unfortunately for albinos, they also face the same prejudice as children with down syndrome. There are many myths surrounding albinos in different cultures across Africa. Albinism is quite common in Sub-Saharan Africa where albinos are mostly persecuted because it is believed that certain parts of their bodies carry spiritual powers.

Across Africa, people living with albinism – a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes – have been subjected to some of the worst forms of discrimination and abuse, including death. This abuse stems from long-held stereotypes and a misguided belief that body organs of people with albinism can bring luck and wealth. In fact, some politicians, businessmen, and wealthy individuals are said to spend thousands of dollars on albino parts.

It is antithetical to say that children are a gift and yet expose them to harm. Children are vulnerable; they need all the protection they can get from these inhumane practices.

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