Rwanda's Crackdown on Skin Bleaching Products Met With Criticism

President Paul Kagame's tweet that the national health ministry and police will work together to curb the sale of such cosmetics, has triggered online debate on whether he has any right to intervene. The highly unregulated global skin lightening market is estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

Some of these skin bleaching creams are on the Rwandan market.


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