SOS Children’s Villages celebrates International Albinism Awareness Day
June 13, 2018 Today marks International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD). It was on this day in 2013 that the UN adopted its first ever resolution on albinism. The resolution recognises the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of albinism in order to fight global discrimination and stigma against persons with albinism.
In recent years, South Africa has seen an increase in the abduction and brutal killings of children living with albinism. SOS Children’s Villages would like to see an end to this phenomenon.
“Children with Albinism have equal rights as all other children. They are no different from other children except that they have this rare condition that makes them look different. They have needs similar to others and they deserve to be treated and protected like all other children,” says Mosa Moremi, who is part of the National Child Rights Advocacy team at SOS Children’s Village South Africa.
Children with the condition most often suffer child rights violation such as discrimination, inequitable treatment, marginalisation and social exclusion. Their right to freedom of movement is denied when they are afraid to move freely out of fear of maltreatment and bullying. They are also denied the right to life when their lives are ended brutally.
SOS Children’s Villages cares for children who have lost parental care or are at the risk of losing parental care, amongst these children are those living with this condition.
“It is our role to celebrate children all over the world. We are sensitive to the special needs that come with this condition, we give the children the special care that they deserve, and we protect them. On this specific day we would like to celebrate all the children living with Albinism, to tell them that we will continue to keep their best interests at heart and we will be the mouthpiece that they need,” concludes Moremi.
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights of South Africa’s most marginalised children. We offer loving, family-like care for children and young people who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care. Established in 1984, SOS has eight Children’s Villages and three Social Centres across eight provinces.
Each year our Alternative Care, Family Strengthening and Youth Employability programmes provide life-changing support to children and families across the country.
The Alternative Care model comprises of four principles that include a mother (each child has a caring parent), brothers and sisters (the family ties grow naturally), a house (a secure place to grow up in) and a village (the SOS family is part of the community).
Our Family Strengthening Programme aims to enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their families to grow within a safe family environment within their communities. We work in co-operation with local authorities and other service providers to empower families and communities to effectively protect and care for their children.
For More Information
For interview opportunity with the Child’s Rights Advocate: Mosa Moremi contact Seithuto Seakgwa on +27 (0) 11 234 8708; +27 (0) 79 122 3332 or Seithuto.Seakgwa@sos.org.za.
Issued by: SOS Children’s Villages South Africa