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Albinism


[This is a photo from the article. Kenyan and Khari are african-american twins.]

Albinism is a hereditary condition in which the skin, hair and eyes produce little or no melanin, resulting in a lack of pigmentation. "In addition to a distinct color difference, people with albinism also suffer from low vision and nystagmus, a condition marked by involuntary eye movement. Some people with albinism, traditionally referred to as albinos, are even legally blind. ... [It] affects one out of every 20,000 people worldwide and cuts across all ethnicities and even the animal kingdom. [It] is the result of a recessive gene both parents must have."

This article, http://abcnews.go.com/2020/overcoming-social-stigma-albinism/Story?id=8551660&page=1, takes a look at the struggles and triumphs of individuals with Albinism. It is both heartbreaking, and inspiring. As with many disabilities, there are those who refuse to understand and instead tease, hurt, and deflate those they consider too different.

For more information, please visit http://www.albinism.org/

 
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