Preliminary survey on the root causes of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism 2016, para. 10
Other myths seek an explanation in existing traditional beliefs associated with childbirth. It has been reported, for example, that the birth of children with albinism could be linked to the "snake inside the woman" turning away from that pregnancy. The snake is considered the protector of the pregnancy, monitoring it. Other explanations are that a child born with albinism was conceived when a woman had intercourse while she was menstruating. Further, some mythological beliefs seek to explain the condition by advancing that the mother of the child with albinism was struck by lightning or that albinism occurs when a mother does not consume enough salt in her diet.
Non-negotiated soft law
Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism
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Special Procedures' report
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IE Albinism, Report to the UNGA (2016), A/71/255, para. 10.