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Stigmatization Forces ‘Albino’ Out Of School

A 19-year-old albino who is a first year Visual Art student of Atebubu Senior High School in the Brong Ahafo Region, Yusif Fatau, has dropped out of school because of threats he received from the community.

Fatau, in an interview said that anytime he went to Atebubu town, people would approach him with the refrain that they did not need him there because he was albino. Afraid of what could happen to him, he told this reporter that his father advised him to stop the school.

Confirming the story, Fatau’s father, Yusif Seidu, said he had no option than to ask his son to stay at home.
‘As a day student, we don’t know who would attack him, and the only option left for him was to stop schooling and live with us here at Jato Zongo.

The visibly worried father said he had another child who was also an albino; and recalled how sometime ago while travelling to the Atebubu market with his wife, someone retorted that back in the days they would have killed his child.
According to him, he did not take it serious until one day when Fatau reported to him he was threatened with death at the same market one day when he went there to buy an electronic calculator.

“I am worried about my son’s predicament. As a father, I was giving him education so that he would get a good future because he cannot go into farming. I don’t know why they should treat albinos this way; they are human beings,” he lamented.
When contacted, the Twafohene of the Atebubu Traditional Area, Nana Ofori Yeboah, vehemently denied news in a section of the media that the traditional area had banned Fatau, from attending the only High School in the town; and warned that any resident caught threatening albinos in the traditional area would be dealt with.

Nana Yeboah revealed that the century-old practice of segregating albinos is now outmoded and warned that the traditional council would deal with people who would not make people live confortably in the community by virtue of their skin colour.

He called on the parents of Fatau to help find those who threatened his son so they would face the full rigours of the law.

Meanwhile 19-year old Fatau is still at home and may be compelled to go into peasant farming like his parents.

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