The Executive Director for Ghana Association of Persons living with Albinism, Mr. Newton Kwabla Katesku has called on government and the public to help stop stigmatization against Albinos and people with disability.
According to him, they are being discriminated against in different forms which has had negative effect on them. He said those who stigmatise them must be dealt with since the laws of the country are not made to defend sections of the citizenry.
He said this in an interview with Kwabena Obeng Akrofi on Ark in the morning as today 13th June has been proclaimed as International Albinism Awareness Day.
It is a day proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) to spread information about albinism and to avoid mobbing and discrimination of albinos. This is the first year Ghanaians living with Albinism are celebrating this day as a group.
The International Albinism Awareness Day aims to increase the global attention to human rights. According to Mr. Ketesku, there are over thousand Albino’s in Ghana.
Albinism is a pigmentary abnormality which leads to an extremely light hair skin and eye colour. This year’s theme is “Shining Our Light to the World.”
Mr. Katesku said dealing with discrimination against albinos does not mean allowing politicians to control their lives rather its time they all join hands work towards it to achieve it aim.
He bemoan the notion that albinos are means of money-making when used as rituals saying people with such mentality must be do away with it since it is not good.
He stressed that if people with albinism are unique and their body parts are means of getting money, their parents will not be lavishing in poverty.
Mr. Katesku has appealed to the public to work hard to earn a living instead of focusing on them to be used for rituals.
By:Ophelia Aboagyewaa Kumi/Ghana/107.1 Ark FM