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Persons living with the skin pigmentation problem want government to pay more
attention to their welfare
ARTICLE | FEBRUARY 27, 2011 - 6:46AM | BY YUSUF ZANGO

Jake Epele, the President of
the Albino Foundation of

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Nigeria, says more than
600,000 persons living with
skin pigmentation problem
in the country suffer

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“Some families abandon
newly born children with
albinism,” he said. “Due to
this, an albino has a slim
chance to make it in life with
most parents reluctant to
invest in the education of
albino children.”
He said statistics indicated that more than 1.5 million Nigerian albinos were among the poorest,
least educated and marginalised persons, adding that these persons were also the most
susceptible to skin cancer due to frequent exposure of their skin to the sun.
“Their poverty and lack of education are not as a result of mental or physical disabilities but
mainly as a result of discrimination, social exclusion, stigmatisation and sometimes human rights
abuse they suffer,” he said.
He described

albinism as a hereditary condition which shows an absence or lack of the dark

pigment, melanin, in the skin, hair and eyes.
“Every Nigerian has a right to education,” he said. “The plight of albinos to live a healthy life must
be addressed effectively. Albinos have their peculiarities and should be included in an all
inclusive education policies. The federal, state and local government should draw up educational
plans to cater for the needs of the albinos in schools and sensitise the teachers on albinism.”

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