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Children with albinism are often teased and bullied by their peers. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Flickr

Taunts and bullying drive children with albinism from Tanzanian schools

Children with albinism are teased and physically bullied by classmates who don't understand their condition. They withdraw from learning – and many ultimately leave school early.
Selina, right, and her friend Mwanaidi play together in a Tanzanian classroom. Children with albinism are very vulnerable to attack, mutilation and murder. EPA/Johan Baevman

Tanzania is still failing to protect its children who live with albinism

Children living with albinism are very vulnerable to attack, kidnapping, mutilation and murder. In Tanzania, fear is keeping many children away from school and costing them an education.
Albinos in Africa have a double challenge. Not only do they face social stigma but there is also no health policy that ensure they get services for their condition. Reuters/Katrina Manson

Africa needs a health policy to help people with albinism

One in every 1000 people in Africa are born with albinism. Apart from facing social stigma, they also face health risks. Countries on the continent should have policies to aid this vulnerable group.
Natural sunscreen in action. Cargo Cult

Skin cancer is not the main reason for darker pigmentation

Many theories have been proposed for the evolution of dark skin pigmentation – and a new paper revives one of the oldest: that skin cancer was a more potent selective force for the evolution of protective…

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