International Albinism Awareness Day 2018

Today is observed as the International Albinism Awareness Day across the world!

What is Albinism? It is a skin disorder that causes the person to look extremely pale. The unique appearance of albinos make them stand out and be treated with discrimination in several parts of the world.

It is a genetic condition inherited from both parents. Albinism can cause skin cancer and severe visual impairment.

The second largest population of people with albinism in the world lives in India.

As per international data, one in 17,000 people are born with albinism and around 79,000 people with albinism are living in India.

The International Albinism Awareness Day aims to create awareness about the disorder to make people understand the causes of albinism.

It is hoped that through spread of information about albinism, the myths and false beliefs can be removed.

People with albinism face discrimination all over the world. They are not treated as equal and are denied opportunities to grow. Old beliefs and myths are responsible for the social exclusion of albino people.

Due to superstition and lack of awareness, the lives of albino people are at risk in some communities.

Albino people are brutally killed in many African countries due to superstitious beliefs and lack of information. They are not treated like humans and are treated with aversion as they are believed to be evil spirits or ghosts.

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