Sunday, October 19, 2008

Albinos Protest Killings

This is a story we have been following for some time:

Tanzanian albinos staged a protest in the commercial capitol, urging politicians and police to do more to curb the killing of members of their community. 25 or more have been killed this last year, including babies. Albinos in the region have been pursued and murdered for numerous reasons - some believe they are witches, while others believe their body parts are useful in witchcraft-based rituals.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete met with the protesters. While some have been detained over the murders, few have been convicted, and the community does not feel authorities have done enough.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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