International Albinism Awareness Day 2017

Edna Cedrick,26, holds her surviving albino son after his twin brother who had albinism was snatched from her arms in a violent struggle in this Tuesday, May, 24, 2016 photo in Machinga about 200 kilometres north east of Blantyre Malawi. Cedrick says she is haunted daily by images of the decapitated head of her 9 year old son.At least 18 Albino people have been killed in Malawi in a "steep upsurge in killings" since November 2014, and five others have been abducted and remain missing, a new Amnesty International report released Tuesday, June 7 2016 says.
Edna Cedrick holds her surviving albino son after his twin brother who had albinism was snatched from her arms in a violent struggle in 2016. Cedrick says she is haunted daily by images of the decapitated head of her 9 year old son. At least 18 Albino people have been killed in Malawi in a "steep upsurge in killings" since November 2014, and five others have been abducted and remain missing, according to Amnesty International. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP Photo
Edna Cedrick,26, holds her surviving albino son after his twin brother who had albinism was snatched from her arms in a violent struggle in this Tuesday, May, 24, 2016 photo in Machinga about 200 kilometres north east of Blantyre Malawi. Cedrick says she is haunted daily by images of the decapitated head of her 9 year old son.At least 18 Albino people have been killed in Malawi in a "steep upsurge in killings" since November 2014, and five others have been abducted and remain missing, a new Amnesty International report released Tuesday, June 7 2016 says.
Edna Cedrick holds her surviving albino son after his twin brother who had albinism was snatched from her arms in a violent struggle in 2016. Cedrick says she is haunted daily by images of the decapitated head of her 9 year old son. At least 18 Albino people have been killed in Malawi in a "steep upsurge in killings" since November 2014, and five others have been abducted and remain missing, according to Amnesty International. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP Photo

International Albinism Awareness Day 2017

In 2014, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted June 13 as International Albinism Awareness Day. 

People suffering from Albinism have been marginalized worldwide. The medical condition is known for its lack of skin pigmentation, white hair, and poor eyesight. One of the people who helped make International Albinism Awareness Day happen is Peter Ash, the founder and CEO of Under the Same Sun, an organization fighting against the stigmatization of people living with Albinism everywhere, from negative depictions in movies, to the fashion industry, even superstition and violence in southeast Africa. 

In honor of International Albinism Awareness day Tuesday, we are replaying our interview with Peter Ash from April 26, 2017.