The Liberia Albino Society celebrated the International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) with a call for individuals to stop discrimination against people with Albinism.
The IAAD program held on Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Albino new site call Albino Village in Bentol City, was characterized by a parade through the principle streets of Bentol, indoor activities and the dedication of the society’s newly constructed seven bedrooms clinic in the area. Several members of the Albino community from various counties graced the occasion which was celebrated under the theme: “Treating Person with Albinism with Dignity”. People with Albinism face too many challenges; limited access to education, health care and skill development to help in the improvement of their lives. The 2016 IAAD celebration in Liberia started with a free medical outreach in Bentol, with the medical team of the Liberia Albino Society treating more than 100 persons, majority of whom are women and children under five. Madam Patricia N. Logan, Executive Director of the Liberia Albino Society, strongly detest this suppressive situation; striving to explore all means to change the poor living condition of Albino in Liberia. Speaking during the program, Madam Logan said: “Stop the hatred, discrimination, stigma, marginalization and denial of the rights of Albino in Liberia. Albino person has rights, they are like you and with our dream to improve people with Albinism livelihood, and our activities will benefit the community without segregation.” According to Madam Logan, everyone, including people who are not Albino especially pregnant women, children under five and others with disability will equally be treated at their clinic in Bentol as part of their community services. She said there is a plan for the society to build school to help in addressing the educational needs of Albino and less fortunate children in Bentol, the capital city of Montserrado. The Executive Director of Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL), Patricia Kamara, who served as guest speaker on the program, was greatly helpful when she donated bed sheets and several items for the use of the clinic and promised to help in constructing a proposed water tower of the Liberia Albino Society among others. Mrs. Kamara said it is inhumane and violation of the international human rights laws for people to discriminate other group of people because of their color or appearance. The CHAL Executive wants an immediate end to such act, noting that everyone was born equal and has the inalienable rights to life, education, social and religion among others. Also speaking, the Superintendent of Montserrado County, Florence Brandy, pledged the county’s support toward all activities of their Albino Society’s programs. Supt. Brandy said she will assign police at the Albino Society’s new facility to ensure the security of the clinic premise. The Liberia Albino Society (LAS) was established and incorporated in December, 2009 to transform the lives of persons with Albinism amidst stigma, discrimination and marginalization.LAS stand for equal justice and human rights at all levels and with adequate resources and opportunities, the organization believes it will better the living condition of members of the Albino Society. This year celebration marks the second commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day. On 18th December 2014, the General Assembly finally adopted a resolution proclaiming the day with effect since 2015, 13 June. The milestone decision was reached after the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 13, 2013 adopted by consensus a resolution sponsored by The African Group of Nations, which for the first time recognized and called for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism.