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Swaziland: Children with albinism killed for body parts

Posted 31/8-10 at 11.39

The recent killing of two Swazi children with albinism has raised the prospect that the practice of murdering and dismembering such children for "muti" (medicine), especially prized for its supposed power against HIV/AIDs, is moving southwards from Tanzania and Burundi.

Between 2007 and 2009 between 70 to 200 people with albinism were killed in Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. It is estimated that a complete set of body parts can sell for US$75,000.

Earlier this month Tanzanian police arrested a 28-year-old Kenyan man in a sting operation near Mwanza, capital of the northeastern Mwanza Region, for attempting to sell a 20-year-old albino man for US$250,000.

http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?Reportid=90281

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/Insight/-/688338/994080/-/80i9b4/-/

On what happened in Tanzania and Burundi see our report:

http://www.daa.org.uk/index.php?mact=Blogs,cntnt01,showentry,0&cntnt01entryid=123&cntnt01returnid=98

 

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