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Albinism with Demi Adeyemi

Episode 3

We talk to Demilade Adeyemi, a young woman with albinism.

Originally from Nigeria, Demi moved to the UK when she was 11 after experiencing abuse and threats in her home country of Nigeria. Now a published author studying law at LSE, Demi talks to us about abuse linked to the superstition that people with albinism hold magical powers, the changes she’s seen in attitudes towards people with albinism, and its widespread link with witchcraft.  

People believe that, if they come into contact with you sexually or violently, it will absolve them of anything that they are going through

Her inspiring story is one of challenge, reflection, growth and optimism. Demi’s novel, No Country for Cold Men, a dystopian fantasy novel about a young boy with albinism living in a dangerous Pan-Africa, can be found on Amazon.

You can also listen on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Castbox.

Have you been affected by the issues discussed in these episodes?

If children and young people are worried about or have experienced FGM, Childline has advice on FGM, including how to get help and fears about speaking up. Calls to 0800 1111 are free and confidential. Children can also contact Childline online.

The NSPCC also has a dedicated FGM helpline and resource page, and the National FGM Centre has resources for anyone concerned about the welfare of a child or young person in relation to FGM, kindoki or abuse linked to albinism, or any other child abuse linked to faith or belief.

If anyone is in immediate danger, please call 999.