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EAST AFRICA: People with albinism continue to be murdered for body parts

Posted 17/2-11 at 02.17

The murder and dismemberment of people with albinism is driven by the false belief that their body parts have a special potency when used in traditional medicine or as a cure for HIV/Aids.

Albino boy

Ernest Kimaya, chairperson of the Tanzania Albino Society, said that although the government is trying to stop the killings, at least 10,000 people with albinism in Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi abandoned their villages and went into hiding between 2007 and 2009.

Ernest Kimaya, chairperson of the Tanzania Albino Society, said that although the government is trying to stop the killings, at least 10,000 people with albinism in Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi abandoned their villages and went into hiding between 2007 and 2009.

There have also been attacks on people with albinism in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Swaziland and South Africa.

Most reported killings have occurred in Tanzania, where a "set" including limbs, ears, tongue, nose and genitals sells for thousands of dollars. In August, a man was arrested in Kenya for attempting to sell a Kenyan person with albinism for US$250,000.

Mumbi Ngugi from the Nairobi-based Albinism Foundation of East Africa, said, "The Kenyan minister for planning promised last year to carry out a census; there is a promise to provide sun screen, and persons with albinism have been included in some programmes targeting persons with disabilities such as the fund for persons with disabilities, but little has been done in the way of providing protection for persons with disabilities."

http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?Reportid=91898

For other reports on this problem in Our Rights, see: http://www.daa.org.uk/index.php?mact=Blogs,cntnt01,showentry,0&cntnt01entryid=123&cntnt01returnid=98

http://www.daa.org.uk/index.php?mact=Blogs,cntnt01,showentry,0&cntnt01entryid=237&cntnt01returnid=98

 

 

 

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