Today marks an international awareness day of people living with albinism. This special day could not go by, without people living with albinism joining the bandwagon in Ghana. Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism(GAPA) fruitfully organized a celebration of the international day at Kpong in the Eastern Region of Ghana.The theme for this year’s celebration is” Advancing with Renewed Hope”
Albinism is a rare group of genetic disorders that cause the skin,hair,or eyes to have little or no color. It is associated with vision problem. According National Organization for Albinism and Hypo pigmentation,about 1 in 18,000 to 20,000 in the United States has a form albinism. source :health Line.This people have for the past years suffered all forms of discrimination and humiliations and other places suffered abuses.
Scores of persons living with albinism could be seen on the principal streets of Kpong going through a procession amidst singing and dancing. they have in recent times tried educating the public to stop discriminating against them in many spheres of life. In other parts of the World the were seen killed for rituals with the notion that,they live longer lives than the ordinary beings.
They finally converged at a vantage point where key persons among them give out speeches and reignited hope in them. They called on duty bearers to give them assistance as is done to people with disability.They also called on all and sundry to give special recognition to this day as is done to other days.