I came by the fantastic blog of Toyosi Alonge. She interviewed some Albinos. And I got to learn a lot from that fun and enlightening post.
Do you know who they call Albinos?
Albinos are persons that have a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair (which are white) and the eyes (which are usually pink).
A defect in one of several genes that produce or distribute melanin causes albinism. The defect may result in the absence of melanin production, or a reduced amount of melanin production. The defective gene passes down from both parents to the child and leads to albinism.
Albinism is common to all races. Blacks, white, etc
These are pictures of wonderful people with Albinism.
How does it affect the skin color?
According to thesun.co.uk
Albinism affects skin colour as sufferers usually have very little or no melanin production in their bodies.
Melanin is the natural pigment that gives colour to our skin, hair and eyes.
However, people who suffer from albinism find that due to low melanin, their skin has no colour and as a result they are very fair.
Due to their pale skin, it puts them at a greater risk of skin problems such as sunburn and skin cancer.
This means they have to constantly wear a high SPF and avoid going out in the sun when it is at its highest in the sky between 11am and 3pm.
What are the symptoms?
According to thesun.co.uk
The most obvious symptom for people with albinism is pale skin, due to the lack of melanin in the skin.
They also often have very fair hair, but for some sufferers they can have ginger or brown hair if they have higher levels of production of melanin.
One of the main problems albinism sufferers experience is that due to low pigment in their eyes, they can face a host of sight problems.
Quite often they suffer from short sightedness as well as low vision and squints.
Challenges they face from other people
people with albinism face numerous challenges including discrimination, abduction, trafficking, and even murder. Owing to a lack of melanin, the genetically-inherited condition leads to people having little or no pigmentation in their eyes, hair, and skin.
Personally, I’ve witnessed some albinos suffering discrimination and domestic violence.
In my primary/elementary school, when it’s time for the boys to play soccer, most boys wouldn’t want the albinos to be on their team.
They would literally chase them away and tell them hurtful words like “if you play, we will not win, you that you can’t see, how will you play ball?”
And the albinos would just go to the bench and sit down. Looking at us. Waiting for the bell to ring so that they would go back to class.
Even in class, some teachers will blame the albinos poor performance on their albinism and its symptoms.
What’s my point?
My point is, whenever we see people suffering from albinism, we should try to make them lively, happy and cheerful and if possible, we should make them laugh.
They don’t receive these all the time, so whenever someone makes them happy, they feel so great and most times, they express their appreciation.
Please guys. Discrimination is present among all races. It’s in blacks, white, yellow, etc. it’s everywhere. But You and I can decide not to discriminate and teach our infants not to do so either.
Let’s teach our children and infants to love everyone irrespective of their skin color. Let’s teach our little ones about showing universal love to everyone. The kind of love that Jesus is showing to the world.
No one is born to discriminate. It’s the hate we give little infants that they work on. But if we give them love, they won’t grow to discriminate, but to love.
Anyone that you know is an human, doesn’t deserve to be treated differently.
You might have encountered these people before. You might still encounter them.
The symptoms that comes with albinism is already too much for them. We shouldn’t add to it.
Let’s love each other as we love ourselves.
This what God commands us to do.
Let’s love each other. We are together, we are joint. We are one. One love ❤️ guys
Two Albinos were interviewed in Yosi’s blog. They shared the challenges they face from the society. It’s so touching and enlightening.
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