Rights of Persons with Albinism


In parts of Africa, people with albinism are hunted for their body parts, which some believe hold magical powers and bring good fortune. They are often denied the chance to go to school, get a job, have a family and face discrimination for their entire lives, simply because of their appearance. Albinism is a genetic condition that causes a deficit in the body’s biosynthesis of melanin, a pigment that colors the skin, hair and eyes. People with albinism usually have a paler, whiter appearance than their relatives. The deficit of melanin can also result in low vision and an increased vulnerability to sun’s ultra-violet radiation.