By: Olevia James
No matter how many happy things you see someway, somehow evil comes along to balance it. I guess ????
I'm up to here with it , but has society really had enough? Maybe there isn't enough political agenda behind Albinism for governments to really do something about the fact that innocent people, especially children are being killed, kidnapped, or banished just based on their appearance.
Not enough is being done!!!!
A husband sent his wife away after she gave birth to two children with albinism, saying she had engaged in an affair with a white man in their neighborhood. The mother of three said her husband asked her to leave claiming his lineage did not have "such traits”.
She said her husband, a police officer, beat and sent her away on several occasions but that she kept returning, hoping he would have a change of heart.
But the situation worsened in 2011, when she gave birth to a boy who also had Albinism, she said. The woman said her husband threatened to kill her if she did not leave with the children, forcing her to give up their eight-year marriage.
“In 2014, I felt so depressed that I considered killing the children and then committing suicide,” she told the press at her uncle’s home in Baringo Central.
She was overwhelmed by the stigma from family members and her community as no one else had children with albinism.
“Members of my extended family teamed up with villagers and pressured me to get rid of the children, whose birth they said was a bad omen. They advised me to sell them in Tanzania," she said.
The woman said it took counseling by church elders and officials from the Department of Children and Social Services for her to begin living positively with her children.
She went to live with her widowed mother, who works as a caretaker and a weaver, and helps provide for and educate the children.
Baringo woman representative Grace Kiptui regretted that most families which physically challenged children are embarrassed by them and deny them their basic rights
Speaking in Kabarnet town on Thursday, she urged residents to accept the children, and seek assistance from the government and charitable organizations.
At least 15 people with albinism, mostly children, had been killed, wounded, abducted or kidnapped in East Africa in the last 10 months with a marked increase in Malawi, Tanzania and Burundi, according to the United Nations.
UN officials said at least six attacks on children with albinism were reported in Malawi in the first 10 weeks of 2015 compared to four incidents over the previous two years and gangs were roaming the southern district of Machinga hunting for victims.
Tanzania has banned witch doctors to try to stop the trade in body parts used in spells and charms claiming to bring luck, love and wealth, and Burundi is trying to safeguard people with Albinism by accommodating them in housing with police protection.
It's unfair that people with albinism in Africa must live in fear & how much education about albinism is Tanzania, Malawi, & Burundi really giving. It's 2015 this type of thinking must stop.