Dr. Abdallah Possi was recently appointed as a deputy minister in the prime minister’s office responsible for policy coordination, parliamentary affairs, employment and persons with physical disabilities.
Dr. Abdallah Possi, a 36-year-old lawyer who is known for his razor-sharp legal mind, attention to detail and his unassuming demeanor that has earned him unquestionable reputation as a human rights campaigner, is a renewed hope in the on-going fight against albino killings.
Possi becomes the first person with albinism to hold a powerful ministerial position and the third to become a member of parliament. He is also the first person with albinism in Tanzania to hold a doctorate degree
More than 70 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, have been brutally murdered in Tanzania in the past decade, according to United Nations figures. Many were hacked to death and had body parts removed.
« Most people do not understand that albinism is part of human diversity. We need to change our attitudes and create a friendly environment so that people of all races can enjoy their freedom, » said Mr. Possi. As he assumes his new responsibilities, Possi is confident in his role to sustain the awareness campaign about albinism across the country.