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Posted On: 7th Apr 2015

Albinism Fix On ITV

Fixer Daniel Richards Assako
A scene from Daniel's Fixers film
Harry Freeland, Standing Voice

Aware that albinism is met with superstition and hatred in some cultures, Daniel Richards Assako wants to help change attitudes to the condition.

 

His story was shown on ITV News London on Friday 10th April.

 

Originally from Cameroon, the 22-year-old now lives in Essex and is raising awareness of the prejudices that people living with albinism can face.


'In many countries in Africa, people are superstitious. I have been attacked for being albino,’ explains Daniel.


‘I could cope with the poor eyesight and that my skin is prone to cancer.


‘That is nothing compared to feeling in danger and feeling rejected.’


Albinism is a genetic condition that affects the production of melanin - the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes.


Depending on the amount of melanin a person has, they can appear pale.


Those with the condition can be persecuted in nations where superstitious beliefs are rife, with some myths suggesting that albino body parts contain magical properties.


With Fixers, Daniel has helped create a film to share his experiences and tackle these misconceptions.


Watch the film ‘My Cursed Skin: Myths of Albinism’ by clicking on the image below.



In the broadcast, Daniel shows his film to communities across London.  


One audience member comments: ‘What Daniel says is true.


‘I come from Nigeria and when a black man and woman have an albino child, they believe there is a curse.’


Harry Freeland from Standing Voice also appears in the broadcast in support of Daniel’s campaign.


‘I’ve worked with people with albinism in Africa for the past nine years,’ Harry comments.  


‘They are severely ostracized all over the world and from my personal experience, levels of discrimination are particularly severe in Africa.


‘Children are abandoned at birth and in the last six years there have been 350 people attacked and murdered.


‘Daniel’s project is an incredibly brave testimony.’


Daniel adds: ‘I hope that my film will go a long way towards teaching people what it is to be an albino.


‘Not just to feel pity for them, but to accept them.’


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Author: Cara Laithwaite

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