Albinism Day: Activist Suzan Kaweesa urges Uganda to protect the rights of Albinism

International Albinism Awareness Day is observed every year on June 13 to highlight the rights of those born with albinism and increase awareness of the genetic condition. Whisper Eye Reports.

Suzan Olive Kaweesa an activist in defending the rights of Albinos in Uganda has called upon the government to urgently come to the rescue of the Albinism community in Uganda in her albinism day call.

According to Suzan olive Kaweesa of heart for albino an organization many are suffering from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic directives in accessing basic health services.

Suzan an activist based in Geneva Switzerland told Whisper Eye that the physical appearance of those with albinism is often conflated with erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition in Uganda something that furthers marginalization and social exclusion, leading to stigma and discrimination in Uganda,

Killings, attacks, bullying, and discrimination continue against people with albinism in Uganda are very rampant. she added.

At today’s celebrations speaker, Kadaga called for the step up for human rights of the Albinism community.

She said that people with albinism face multiple forms of human rights violations including murder and ritual sacrifice.

As we commemorate the International Albinism Awareness Day today, we take cognizance of their plight. She added.

Suzan thanked the speaker of Uganda Rebbeca Kadaga for the good heart she has shown to the Albino community whenever she is approached.

And she called upon the Uganda government to be able to give free basic needs to the community in need.

This day serves as a reminder that people with albinism continue to defy odds, overcome hurdles and face injustice with resilience in Uganda and worldwide.

Albinism is a rare disease, according to health experts, and its characterized by a lack of melanin pigment in skin, hair, and eyes. Those with albinism are vulnerable to sun exposure, something that increases the chances of skin cancer and severe visual impairment.