Albinos around the world gather as persecuted minority struggles to prevent witchcraft-inspired killings

Albinos around the world are marking International Albinism Awareness Day today.
The much-persecuted minority – composed of people with a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes – has had its own UN-backed day of awareness since 2015.
In some countries, albinos are kidnapped and their body parts hacked off for use as charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck – especially during elections even if there is no official reports.
The UN’s Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2013 calling for an end to attacks against albinos, leading to Ikponwosa Ero being employed at the organisation’s Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights of Persons with Albinism.
Her latest report, presented to the UN in 2017, focused on witchcraft as the key root cause of prejudice and violence against persons with albinism.
The day has been marked on Twitter with the slogan #NotGhosts.
The much-persecuted minority – composed of people with a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes – has had its own UN-backed day of awareness since 2015. Pictured: Albinos attend the cultural centre Douta Seck in Dakar during a gathering last year
In some countries, albinos are kidnapped and their body parts hacked off for use as charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck – especially during elections even if there is no official reports
The UN’s Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2013 calling for an end to attacks against albinos, leading Ikponwosa Ero being employed at the organisation’s Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights of Persons with Albinism

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