Four Tanzanian children with albinism who lost limbs in brutal attacks United Nations officials estimate at least 75 albinos were killed in the. Tanzania Nineteen people have been sentenced to death after being convicted of killing albinos, the Tanzanian government has confirmed. “Recent trends indicate a significant decrease of incidents of attacks and killings of” people with albinism, said Tanzania’s Legal and Human.

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After events involving murders of albino people by three Albijo men had been publicised by the BBC and others, the European Parliament strongly killingd the killing of albinos in Tanzania on 4 September These misconceptions, coupled with the lack of education, are some of the key reasons that albinism is so heavily persecuted. The killers and their accomplices use hair, arms, legs, skin, eyes, genitals, and blood in rituals or for witch potions.

March 27, 2: Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is the most common type of cutaneous tumours in African patients with albinism. Films have also been produced to encourage, educate and create an international understanding of the trials which persons with albinism are facing in a modern world still dealing with ancient rituals and practices which encourage murder for medicine.

Four albino Tanzanian children, whose severed body parts have wound up on the black market for use in witchcraft, arrive in the U. Another contributor to this identity crisis is the negative stigma that surrounds Albino people within African society. Three people were convicted of the murder of 20 year old Thandazile Mpunzi, including her 17 year old boyfriend. This has gained public attention nationally and internationally as these crimes have been reported as crimes against human rights.


The President has also appointed Al-Shymaa Kway-Geer, himself a person with albinism, as an MP who seeks to be a voice in the Tanzanian parliament for protection against persecution of persons with aobino in society and encourages facilities and support of their physical, medical, and education protection and enhancement.

Many albino babies become victims of infanticide due to these superstitious views.

Supervisory officer Huss 2nd-R for U. They have stated that it is imperative that the government strives to “Ensure effective legal protection for people with albinism, use local administrative structures to locate and protect albino people in hiding and conduct public anti-discrimination campaigns and extend medical services to albinos in need. The children are expected to stay about two months, getting medical treatment courtesy of the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia.

At the same time, people with albinism have also been ostracised and even killed for exactly the opposite reason, because they are presumed to be cursed and bring bad luck.

Two of the accused pleaded guilty of murder and are sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. The trading of albino body parts has become a lucrative business. Racial appearance and descent played a key role in the racial classification process during Apartheid.

Tanzania albino murders: ‘More than witchdoctors’ arrested – BBC News

Many organisations have been set up to help protect and provide for communities slbino albinism. Please read our Commenting Policy first. By June killings had been reported in neighboring Kenya and possibly also the Democratic Republic of Congo. They rarely go out kollings public because it frightens them, said Rwela, a social worker with Under the Same Suna charity that abino for people with albinism. International federation Secretary General Bekele Geleta states that “Albinism is one of the most unfortunate vulnerabilities… and needs to be addressed immediately at international level.

According to Under The Same Sunto eradicate attacks against persons with albinism, “it is necessary to focus on eliminating reliance on witchcraft beliefs by strengthening the provision of infrastructure such as schools and hospitals while enhancing the sense of fairness by improving on the system of justice. Retrieved from ” https: Brennan says he encouraged the group members to write about personal experiences. Tanzania is thought to have the largest population of albinos in Africa.


Tanzania albino murders: ‘More than 200 witchdoctors’ arrested

In some communities it is “believed that contact with them will bring bad luck, sickness or death. The majority of the victims are children. Archived from the original on 5 November For some of those atnzania took part, the project offered solidarity after years of exclusion. Non melanoma cancers, namely basal and squamos cell carcinoma, which are usually rare in black populations are common among the vulnerable group living with albinism.

The extent of violent crimes for people with albinism is not as high as other African countries however, surges of violent crimes against people with albinism have been noted. Body parts of the victims are then smuggled to Tanzania where they are used for witch doctor rituals and potions. Fanzania from the original on 9 February These ideas have been around for many generations, but in recent years witch doctors have been teaching misconceived ideas about the promise of wealth, success and power when albino hair or limbs are used in a potion as part of witchcraft practices.

The children attend boarding school and live in so-called safe houses in Tanzania.

Family and community also play an essential role in Albinistic identity.