The Africa Centre for Social Inclusion (ACSI) has refuted assertions by flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga that having sex with a woman during her menstrual period is the cause of albinism.
According to the group the idea that albinos are produced from sexual intercourse with women in their menses is “regrettably false” and should not be given any credence.
ACSI in its statement signed by founding president, Adama Bukari said it was worth noting that failing to give the right attributions to albinism was as harmful as any other acts of discrimination and abuse of persons living with albinism (PLAs).
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“We state unequivocally that Mr Ayariga’s understanding of albinism is unfortunately a reflection of the growing prejudice against PLAs,” the statement added.
“In almost all types of albinism, both parents must carry the gene for it to be passed on, even if they do not have albinism themselves. The condition is found in both genders, regardless of ethnicity, and in all countries of the world.”