- My family did not understand why my skin was different.
- Starehe Boys refused to admit me because of my skin color.
The world will celebrate InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDayon Sunday, June 13.
Albinism awareness in Kenya still remains to be a big challenge as persons living with this disability are stigmatized, rejected, and in the worst scenario, killed.
Former Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura has opened up on his painful life journey as a person living with Albinism.
"I grew up in a harsh environment because people around me lacked knowledge of Albinism. I was born different among my family members. My family did not understand why my skin was different, my father left, so I was raised by my mother alone. He said he can not sire a kid who looks like a pig.
Those words were very painful. I was being put to bask in the sun and would develop sunburns. My mother could not afford sunscreen. I was taken to KNH for treatment.
I had to be enrolled in nursery school at 4 and a half years. There was only one school in Kiambu that was admitting children like me. "
Mwaura, the Chairperson of Albinism Society in Kenya has also faced prejudice from fellow politicians because of his skin color. In high school, I had been selected to join Starehe Boys but they refused to admit me because of my skin color.
Last year, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed accused Mwaura of bleaching his skin so as to get ODM's nomination in the Senate.
The sentiments attracted uproar from the public, especially persons living with Albinism. This prompted the Suna East legislator to apologize.
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