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Bringing albino-killers to justice

In two years, 53 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania


 

Bringing albino-killers to justiceIn the past two years, 53 albinos have been killed in Tanzania. No one has been brought to justice for committing these murders. Until now.

Last Wednesday, a Tanzanian court sentenced three men to death for killing a 14-year-old albino boy, Matatizo Dunia from Shinyanga, in brutal fashion—they kidnapped him, then cut his body into pieces. An equally barbaric case is also garnering national attention: Mariam Emmanuel, a five-year-old girl, was butchered by a group of machete-wielding men in Mwanza. The culprits divided the girl’s body up among themselves and drank her blood while her siblings watched. Murdered albinos are usually sold at high prices to witch doctors, who grind up the body parts and brew them into potions that they believe carry magic powers.

Albinism—a genetic disorder characterized by a lack of skin, eye and/or hair pigment—has a significantly higher rate of incidence in Tanzania than in the rest of the world. Scientists do not fully understand why, although inbreeding may have played a role. Historically, some albinos were killed at birth by fearful parents. That threat is less present today, but many still die young, succumbing to skin cancer brought on by the blistering East African sun.

Peter Ash, founder of the B.C.-based not-for-profit albino support group Under the Same Sun, cautions that while last week’s verdict is a welcome first step toward curbing violence, Tanzania must do much more: “We continue to await the justice owed to the remaining 52 albino victims slaughtered since this genocide began in November 2007.” Officials have outlawed witch doctors, and several more cases are making their way through the courts. But thus far, progress has been sluggish—by comparison, neighbouring Burundi, where albino killings are also on the rise, has already convicted at least five people.

The Tanzania Albino Society, an advocacy group for the estimated 17,000 Tanzanian albinos, has called for the convicted men to be publicly hanged. It believes this would be an explicit indication of government resolve, and could thwart future attacks.


 

Bringing albino-killers to justice

  1. It seems like the Killers are racist.
    I mean killing people because of their color!
    Africans have a long way to go before they will be considered as civilized.

    • Did you not read the article??
      They are not killing for racial matters, but because of their cultural beliefs and because of curing powers they believe albino's have. It's not a far throw from chinese medicine that also uses many non-humane methods to develop 'medicines'…
      And regarding your comment 'Africans have a long way to go before they will be considered as civilized'…… you seem to be the poorly educated, racist!!!

      • Africa is a country and Jesus was 6 foot 2, blonde hair and blue eyes. He also spoke in fluent English and was constantly on the run from a hooker named Marie.

  2. Funny how you are a racist if you make any kind of a comment on any other people other than the white race. Try living in Africa among the people for 6 months and see what you think. As far as being poorly educated, Syd, you need to go live there for a while.

  3. Do you mean Tanzanians are racist or genereally speaking the whole country is racist?
    Albinoism is not a race it is a genetic defect. putting it in the same vein as skin color is being poorly educated.

  4. AFRICA IS A CONTINENT! Made up of MANY countries. They are killing Albinos out of misconceptions similar to the lie spread in developing countries about sleeping with a virgin will cure you of AIDS. Education is the key here. Educate them about what Albinism is and how it is cannibalism plain and simple.

    • albinoism i believe is not racist, its just something that they believe in due to a rumor. just like we believe that a rabbit foot gives us good luck, and for a while they were killing rabbits for their foot. i hate that they are dieing from the rumors

  5. In the past two years, 53 albinos have been killed in Tanzania. No one has been brought to justice for committing these murders. Until now.

    Really shocking.

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  10. Peter Ash, founder of the B.C.-based not-for-profit albino support group Under the Same Sun, cautions that while last week's verdict is a welcome first step toward curbing violence, Tanzania must do much more: “We continue to await the justice owed to the remaining 52 albino victims slaughtered since this genocide began in November 2007.
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  11. The Tanzania Albino Society, an advocacy group for the estimated 17,000 Tanzanian albinos, has called for the convicted men to be publicly hanged. It believes this would be an explicit indication of government resolve, and could thwart future attacks.

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