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Albinism is so beautiful: Tawake

Luke Nacei
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Update: 5:29PM BENEATH the beauty of albinism, lies isolation and discriminations, says Fiji Albinism project officer Sainimili Tawake.

Ms Tawake said people with albinism have nothing to be ashamed about as they were beautiful and unique.

"Albinism is so beautiful," Ms Tawake said.

She said albinism was often ignored and labelled by the society.

"We are labelled. We referred to as 'Kaivalagi ni Viti or 'rea' - a very derogatory comment and we tend to be ignored a lot, and many times people are ashamed of us.

"Is it that we lack the colour?

"But I guess we are all human beings and for everyone, it is important that we treat people with albinism well and include them in our society and provide them with a lot of courage.

Ms Tawake added that people needed to educate themselves on albinism because there were myths about them.

"One of the myths says it's from generational, but for a person with albinism the gene of our parents, one gene of a woman cannot manifest itself to albinism, it is actually the gene of a father and a mother to have a child. They may have dark skin or brown in colour but they maybe carriers of the gene," she said.

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