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Albinos in Matulo ward, Webuye East constituency, Bungoma County in Kenya at Golden Age Albino Support and Protection Programme (GAASP) have complained of being left out by the government in important development projects of the nation.

Albinism which is a rare, non contagious and genetically inherited disorder among all races in the world has been clarified as a normal occurrence.

Persons with albinism are regular people who have a decreased amount of melanin in their hair, skin and eyes, therefore are vulnerable to ultraviolet light.

Addressing the congregation during the world peace day, Moses Kizito, the chairman Golden Age Albino Support and Protection Programme (GAASP) said that albinism is a disorder like any other and none of them should be discriminated against as they need peace like other human beings.

“Albinos have been discriminated against for a long time and it’s high time the government considers them as normal Citizens,” he said, adding that many times their rights have been violated.

Kizito lauded GAASP for empowering albinos by training them on how to protect themselves and training them on livestock keeping and other ways of creating wealth to sustain them.

“Here we have been taught on rearing livestock, how to do business and how to protect ourselves,” he said.

He urged the education sector to provide teachers who understand albinism by allowing them front seats in classrooms, provided with boards that are well visible to them and school uniforms that have long sleeve shirts to protect their skins from light.

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Queen Nafula, who is also a mother with albinism, advised mother’s who have children with this disorder to take good care of them as they are a precious gift to them.

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“Children with albinism should be allowed to mingle with other children and take good care,” she said.

Nasimiyu also urged the government to provide oil for their skins in all the government hospitals in the region as their skins are sensitive to the sun and their eyes sensitive to light.

Chrisantus Ongulo, director Golden Age Albino Support and Protection Programme (GAASP) lauded the idea of peace as he urged the society to provide a peaceful environment for people with albinism.

“As any other human being, a person with albinism also needs peace of mind in their day to day living,” he said.

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