Africa told "talk less and act more" on albinism

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Albinism is a common genetic disorder in Equateur. Monieka, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Marie Frechon

African countries are being urged to "talk less and act more" to tackle attacks and discrimination faced by people with albinism.

That's the recommendation of a UN independent expert on albinism speaking at the first-ever regional forum on albinism in Africa which is underway in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

The condition is characterized by a lack of melanin pigment, which results in lighter than normal skin and hair, and often vision problems.

In Tanzania, in particular, people with albinism face physical attacks fuelled by erroneous beliefs that their body parts can be used in witchcraft practices.

Daniel Dickinson asked Abdallah Possi, a Deputy Minister in the Tanzanian government focusing on disabilities issues about the current situation in the East African country.

Duration: 2'28"

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