Representation of those with albinism, "game changer"

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Caregiver attends to abandoned albino toddler in Goma, DRC. UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Representation of people with albinism in political positions across governments is a "game changer" in protecting their rights.

That's according to Ikponwosa Ero, the UN's first independent expert on albinism.

Ms Ero has joined with African leaders to come up with a regional action plan to tackle discrimination against people with albinism, who often face deadly physical attacks caused by superstitious belief that their body parts bring good fortune.

UN figures show that albinism, a genetic disorder characterized by a lack of melanin that results in lighter than normal skin and hair, affects roughly 10,000 people in Africa.

Andita Listyarini has more.

Duration: 2'49"

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