The Fact Checker: Myths and Facts surrounding persons with Albinism

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In 2018, at the end of her mission to Kenya , Ikponwosa Ero, UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, issued a statement welcoming Kenya’s “unique achievements”, saying that the country was set to become a regional leader on the issue.

People with Albinism are born with lighter than normal skin, hair and eye colour, making them sensitive to the sun and bright light.

“Kenya’s successes include the allocation of a substantial annual budget geared toward specific measures for persons with albinism, who had historically been left behind in the key sectors of health and education and had fallen prey to ritual attacks and the consequent insecurities,” she said.

“However,” she continued, “much remains to be done including access to justice and judicial remedies for victims of attack as well as socio-economic support for victims and their families to help restore their lives.”

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