“Stop abusing, killing and discriminating people with albinism,” that was the clear message written on the placards of hundreds of people who were part of the march, aimed at commemorating International Albinism Day in Durban on Wednesday.
KwaZulu-Natal chairperson of the Albinism Society, Bhekisia Thabethe says they want to create awareness of the multiple forms of discrimination and threats that people living with albinism face.
Thabethe says they want to dispel misconceptions and myths about people living with albinism.
“Mainly its attacks and brutal killings, the marginalisation and the discrimination faced by people with albinism. We are still faced with those challenges although we can mention few things as achievements but we are still facing security issues. We are still facing hunting down of people with albinism,” says Thabethe.
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Recently, a number of attacks on people with albinism for their body parts were reported in Emalahleni. In another incident a body of a person with albinism was dug up and mutilated at Pienaar near Mbombela.
The Emalahleni municipality has committed to continue with the awareness campaigns.
As the world commemorates International Albinism Day, NGOs and advocacy groups hold a series of meetings against the attack on people with albinism.