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Albinos Face Serious Discrimination In Africa, Says Albinism Network (2) (3) (4)

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Albinos by Pidggin(f): 9:00pm On Sep 17, 2015
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions that the society attaches to people living with albinism. In some communities, it is a common belief that a child born with albinism is conceived when a woman has intercourse while she is menstruating, also some communities believe that albinism is a punishment or a curse from the gods or the ancestral spirits due to wrong done in the family. It is a fact that albinos face discrimination and stigmatization, for instance, you cannot be accepted into the military or paramilitary as an albino. The condition predisposes them to skin diseases like cancer and poor vision due to the absence of melanin. Albino children are often made jest of in school. In some parts of Africa like in Tanzania they are highly sort after for the effect parts of their bodies have in preparing black magic portions. Recently, a young albino male in his early twenties committed suicide in Lagos, he left behind a suicide note stating the reason for his action was due to depression caused by his condition.

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Re: Albinos by Cuddlebugie(f): 9:08pm On Sep 17, 2015
Awwwww! The girl is cute

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Re: Albinos by Cuddlebugie(f): 9:09pm On Sep 17, 2015
#DoublePost#
Re: Albinos by makahlj2: 10:01am On Sep 18, 2015
Pidggin:
It is a fact that albinos face discrimination and stigmatization, for instance, you cannot be accepted into the military or paramilitary as an albino. The condition predisposes them to skin diseases like cancer due to the absence of skin melanin, poor vison and short sighted.

It's normal for an army to not want to employ people with poor health and sight as soldiers. I wouldn't call it discrimination.

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 10:35am On Sep 18, 2015
makahlj2:


It's normal for an army to not want to employ people with poor health and sight as soldiers. I wouldn't call it discrimination.

Well i know a good number of military folks who have poor eye sight.

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Re: Albinos by Rivertemz: 6:11pm On Sep 19, 2015
That's a situation in TANZANIA and parts of Southern African Countries.
NOT Nigeria or West African countries, we treat our Albino children like our other children.
Not a curse, not isolation, Albinism has been normalized in west african communities, we are not stupid like our tanzanian neighbours.

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Re: Albinos by scholes0(m): 8:10pm On Sep 19, 2015
Rivertemz:
That's a situation in TANZANIA and parts of Southern African Countries.
NOT Nigeria or West African countries, we treat our Albino children like our other children.
Not a curse, not isolation, Albinism has been normalized in west african communities, we are not stupid like our tanzanian neighbours.

that is not true, I know albinos are still very much discriminated against in Nigeria.

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Re: Albinos by Rivertemz: 9:16pm On Sep 19, 2015
scholes0:


that is not true, I know albinos are still very much discriminated against in Nigeria.
show us the proof, they are not hunted like goats in Nigeria.
Maybe school bullies or neglected by birth parents, but nothing national,
don't place more dirt on Nigeria, we already have so many issues in Nigeria and Albinism is not one of them !

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 7:33am On Sep 21, 2015
Rivertemz:

show us the proof, they are not hunted like goats in Nigeria.
Maybe school bullies or neglected by birth parents, but nothing national,
don't place more dirt on Nigeria, we already have so many issues in Nigeria and Albinism is not one of them !

Maybe you need to read this http://dailypost.ng/2015/08/17/23-year-old-albino-commits-suicide-in-lagos/ one doesn't have to be hunted like a dog or goat to feel stigmatized

Here's another post you might want to read about their thoughts on their exclusion from the military and other security services

http://www.nigerianbestforum.com/index.php?topic=75628.0

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Re: Albinos by Rivertemz: 5:53pm On Sep 21, 2015
Pidggin:


Maybe you need to read this http://dailypost.ng/2015/08/17/23-year-old-albino-commits-suicide-in-lagos/ one doesn't have to be hunted like a dog or goat to feel stigmatized

Here's another post you might want to read about their thoughts on their exclusion from the military and other security services

http://www.nigerianbestforum.com/index.php?topic=75628.0

the first article is of an albino-nigerian commiting sucide
The second is from a "forums page" of albino-nigerians angered and protesting against the community and the government for certain set-asides, they want their voices to be hear, just like every other group of people in nigeria with a condition or disability, we have the same issues with albinism in Nigeria as they do in Europe and the Americas. Nothing crazy, nothing savagery like in Southern African countries.
End of discussion
Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 6:13pm On Sep 21, 2015
Rivertemz:

the first article is of an albino-nigerian commiting sucide
The second is from a "forums page" of albino-nigerians angered and protesting against the community and the government for certain set-asides, they want their voices to be hear, just like every other group of people in nigeria with a condition or disability, we have the same issues with albinism in Nigeria as they do in Europe and the Americas. Nothing crazy, nothing savagery like in Southern African countries.
End of discussion

You need to be more empathetic to their plight, if you were an albino or had an albino sibling, relative, friend or child you won't be saying this.
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 6:32pm On Sep 21, 2015
I have a question...

Why is albinism much more common in black people than any other race?

They always kinda make me sad sha, in Africa they are treated often as almost disabled people and getting married is complicated for them.

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 9:02pm On Sep 21, 2015
MrsPhyno:
I have a question...

Why is albinism much more common in black people than any other race?

They always kinda make me sad sha, in Africa they are treated often as almost disabled people and getting married is complicated for them.

WHO Studies Findings report a higher prevalence of albinos in urban parts of Africa, possibly due to various factors like higher population density and rural-urban migration in search of education, health care and indoor occupations.

The WHO reports also indicate a greater number of individuals with albinism in the younger age groups (below 30 years). In the Eastern Central state of Nigeria , 89% of identified people with albinism were in the age of 0 – 30 years while another study reported that 77% were under the age of 20 in the same Nigerian state.Also in Cameroon , Nigeria and Tanzania , observations indicate a low number of people with albinism in age groups above 30. This statistics points to an increased mortality of people with albinism.

In Nigeria , one study collected written accounts of people with albinism. These individuals stated that they tended to be more withdrawn from social situations to avoid being noticed, they were more emotionally unstable and had less assertive personalities than people without albinism. Also, they considered our society to be generally unkind and rejecting, even though they did have close friends, maybe this is why some may experience difficulties in getting married.
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 10:03pm On Sep 21, 2015
Pidggin:


WHO Studies Findings report a higher prevalence of albinos in urban parts of Africa, possibly due to various factors like higher population density and rural-urban migration in search of education, health care and indoor occupations.

The WHO reports also indicate a greater number of individuals with albinism in the younger age groups (below 30 years). In the Eastern Central state of Nigeria , 89% of identified people with albinism were in the age of 0 – 30 years while another study reported that 77% were under the age of 20 in the same Nigerian state.Also in Cameroon , Nigeria and Tanzania , observations indicate a low number of people with albinism in age groups above 30. This statistics points to an increased mortality of people with albinism.

In Nigeria , one study collected written accounts of people with albinism. These individuals stated that they tended to be more withdrawn from social situations to avoid being noticed, they were more emotionally unstable and had less assertive personalities than people without albinism. Also, they considered our society to be generally unkind and rejecting, even though they did have close friends, maybe this is why some may experience difficulties in getting married.
Rural-urban immigration affecting genetics? Nawa o. I mean it's a mutation sha so maybe it has correlations to certain environmental factors.

That last bit is really bad. I think it's worse in Nigeria than in some parts of the world. My friend dated an albino once and she kept talking about how he was actually cool and fresh and handsome blah blah blah not like the rest of them. I was like ahn ahn, no be human being e be? It's sad, really.

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 10:29pm On Sep 21, 2015
MrsPhyno:

Rural-urban immigration affecting genetics? Nawa o. I mean it's a mutation sha so maybe it has correlations to certain environmental factors.

That last bit is really bad. I think it's worse in Nigeria than in some parts of the world. My friend dated an albino once and she kept talking about how he was actually cool and fresh and handsome blah blah blah not like the rest of them. I was like ahn ahn, no be human being e be? It's sad, really.

I misunderstood your question, i don't really know what causes it, i only know it's hereditary. Your friend is funny grin the only difference is the color of their skin
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 5:37am On Sep 22, 2015
Pidggin:


I misunderstood your question, i don't really know what causes it, i only know it's hereditary. Your friend is funny grin the only difference is the color of their skin
don't mind the fickle girl o ..... yeye pikin

i thank god that I am not vain, I always love ugly men grin U nko

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Re: Albinos by Nobody: 7:14am On Sep 22, 2015
MrsPhyno:
don't mind the fickle girl o ..... yeye pikin
i thank god that I am not vain, I always love ugly men grin U nko
where is gurgle? grin

#YolO

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 7:48am On Sep 22, 2015
MrsPhyno:

don't mind the fickle girl o ..... yeye pikin

i thank god that I am not vain, I always love ugly men grin U nko

Ugly?! Haba grin grin grin i like them fine or at least pleasant looking grin grin
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 12:56pm On Sep 22, 2015
richommie:


where is gurgle? grin

#YolO
She's around. I'm her pîmp if you want to contact her you gotta go through me..... Gini bu matter?

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Re: Albinos by Nobody: 12:57pm On Sep 22, 2015
Pidggin:


Ugly?! Haba grin grin grin i like them fine or at least pleasant looking grin grin
Why are you saying haba. Them no be people grin

So not to derail then. You personally, can date/marry an albino? Or nah?

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Re: Albinos by Nobody: 1:12pm On Sep 22, 2015
MrsPhyno:

She's around. I'm her love-vendor if you want to contact her you gotta go through me..... Gini bu matter?

onwe ro ihe bu the matter.

i won yarn with am.
abi u don kidnap am? grin

#YolO
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 1:32pm On Sep 22, 2015
richommie:


onwe ro ihe bu the matter.

i won yarn with am.
abi u don kidnap am? grin

#YolO
Nna rapu ihe jor jus tell me and I'll let her know wink grin

Yes I kidnapped her. U wan pay money to get her back?

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Re: Albinos by Nobody: 3:48pm On Sep 22, 2015
MrsPhyno:
Nna rapu ihe jor jus tell me and I'll let her know wink grin
Yes I kidnapped her. U wan pay money to get her back?
release her oo.
i no dey pay any dimes. or else

i wl kidnap phyno too.

#YolO
Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 4:05pm On Sep 22, 2015
MrsPhyno:

Why are you saying haba. Them no be people grin

So not to derail then. You personally, can date/marry an albino? Or nah?

I can marry one nah, the fine ones grin grin

I trust you can too because your husband Phyno e just remain small for am to be albino cheesy
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 4:48pm On Sep 22, 2015
Pidggin:


I can marry one nah, the fine ones grin grin

I trust you can too because your husband Phyno e just remain small for am to be albino cheesy
Haha unserious u. The fine ones indeed grin
But are u not concerned about passing it down to your progeny lol

Hey madam watch it o grin He's skinny too so he's delicate....

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Re: Albinos by Nobody: 4:55pm On Sep 22, 2015
richommie:

release her oo.

i no dey pay any dimes.
or else


i wl kidnap phyno too.


#YolO
Lol u know us Igbo ppl do our kidnapping hard core. Bring the money or gba nkiti grin

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 5:04pm On Sep 22, 2015
[quote author=MrsPhyno post=38273532]
Haha unserious u. The fine ones indeed grin
But are u not concerned about passing it down to your progeny lol

Hey madam watch it o grin He's skinny too so he's delicate....[/quote

I don't think it will be fair on my kids tho, so preferably i'll stick to vanilla/chocolate smiley

Skinny and delicate that's the way MrsPhyno likes dem cool
Re: Albinos by Nobody: 5:46pm On Sep 22, 2015
Pidggin:

I don't think it will be fair on my kids tho, so preferably i'll stick to vanilla/chocolate smiley

Skinny and delicate that's the way Mrs.Phyno likes dem cool
Good idea grin

Lol abeg o. Not always. If it suits. I just don't like muscles everywhere for nonsense sake grin

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Re: Albinos by Nobody: 5:50am On Sep 23, 2015
I feel for them, I have a few albino cousins and I treat them the same as anyone else in my family.

At the end of the day it shouldn't matter whether your light/dark skin. I find them to be beautiful people.

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Re: Albinos by Pidggin(f): 6:36am On Sep 23, 2015
Adanna28:
I feel for them, I have a few albino cousins and I treat them the same as anyone else in my family.

At the end of the day it shouldn't matter whether your light/dark skin. I find them to be beautiful people.

Awww nice smiley

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Re: Albinos by makahlj2: 10:43am On Sep 23, 2015
MrsPhyno:
I have a question...

Why is albinism much more common in black people than any other race?
It's more common than in whites, but not much more common. First, Albinism in whites can often be concealed by makeup, hair dye etc. Second, certain gene alleles that are associated with Albinism in Black people are considered normal for whites and don't count as Albinism in them. One could even say that all whites are actually suffering from a particular type of Albinism.

MrsPhyno:

They always kinda make me sad sha, in Africa they are treated often as almost disabled people and getting married is complicated for them.
But they are disabled. They cannot do some things that others take for granted - walking with unprotected skin under the hot African sun, for example. This is the very definition of a disabled person - one who cannot do some things that others take for granted.

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Re: Albinos by scholes0(m): 6:51pm On Sep 23, 2015
makahlj2:

It's more common than in whites, but not much more common. First, Albinism in whites can often be concealed by makeup, hair dye etc. Second, certain gene alleles that are associated with Albinism in Black people are considered normal for whites and don't count as Albinism in them. One could even say that all whites are actually suffering from a particular type of Albinism.


But they are disabled. They cannot do some things that others take for granted - walking with unprotected skin under the hot African sun, for example. This is the very definition of a disabled person - one who cannot do some things that others take for granted.

So, white people are disabled, because the very fair ones among them also burn easily in the hot African sun- and get freckles and dark spots?

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