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Treat albinos with dignity, Kenyans urged

08 May 2015, 13:52 Steven Njugunah

Nyahururu - The Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK) has launched awareness campaign across the country to sensitize Kenyans on the need to treat such people with dignity and educate Kenyans on issues regarding persons with albinism.

The awareness campaign dubbed 'Niko Na Haki Campaign' is aimed at ensuring that people living with albinism are treated like other persons.

Speaking in Ol Kalou town, Nyandaraua county Wednesday, nominated Member of Parliament, Isaac Mwaura who is also the national Coordinator of Albinism Society of Kenya, said that people from Tanzania come to Kenya to buy albinos, making Kenyans accomplices in albino trafficking.

Mwaura added that Kenyans are trying to neutralize the situation since the ongoing onslaught against albinos in the East Africa region has reached alarming levels.

He called on East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) to come up with legislation that protects people living with albinism in the region and condemned lack of action by the Tanzanian government saying the issue must be treated with the seriousness it deserves.

Read Also: MP conducts pro-albinism campaign ahead of Tanzania elections

He noted that victimizing albinos for whatever reason is totally unacceptable since they are not children of a lesser God.

The MP asserted that the laws should introduce stiff penalties on people who commit heinous acts to people living with albinism.

He at the same time called on the County government of Nyandarua and other counties to include persons with albinism in their development agenda.

The Legislator said their marginalization has denied most of them access to education, forcing them to end up doing menial works and small businesses.

Mwaura revealed that ASK in collaboration with the government would soon start distributing eye glasses to its members across the country and also offer skin cancer treatment.

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