Plight – A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation
As I learn more about the plight of Tanzanians with albinism, I feel the term “plight” is not quite harsh enough. Yes, PWA’s (persons with albinism) lives are filled with dangerous, difficult, and unfortunate situations, but those terms don’t bring enough weight and gravity to the issue. Let me explain their situation so you can understand what I mean.
Epidemic Rates of Fatal Skin Cancer
These statistics are humbling. It’s amazing that meeting a simple need such as providing sunscreen or proper clothing can increase the life span of a PWA. It’s not right that needs this small would keep children from living past the age of 30.
Unfortunately, these epidemic rates of skin cancer only touch the surface of the challenges facing PWAs. Check back again as I will continue to explain the plight of people with albinism in East Africa.