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Ritual killers target Tanzania albinos again

Posted by By Sun News Publishing on 2008/07/30 | Views: 1890 |

Ritual killers target Tanzania albinos again


Another Tanzanian albino man has been murdered, the 26th victim in less than a year. His wife, also an albino, was hurt in the attack.

Another Tanzanian albino man has been murdered, the 26th victim in less than a year. His wife, also an albino, was hurt in the attack.
Unidentified attackers reportedly severed his right foot and genitalia. Witchdoctors want the parts for potions which they say make people rich, according to BBC. In an undercover report last week, a BBC correspondent was offered albino body parts by witchdoctors, who said their clients included police officers.

Jovin Majaliwa is reported to have been killed in his home in a remote Lake Victoria village after dark on Thursday but police have only now released details of his murder.
His wife, also an albino, was attacked but managed to raise the alarm. She is being treated in hospital. Neighbours have asked the police to look after two of her children who also live with albinism. Reports revealed that witchdoctors are behind the killings. They use albino organs such as hair, arms, legs and blood to make potions which they claim make people wealthy.

The BBC has also obtained evidence that suggests the police are involved in the racket which is why it has been difficult to catch the culprits. Mwanza regional police headquarters, in the region which has the highest number of albino killings, reject the claims, saying that they are working with the community to identify the killers.

One hundred and seventy three witchdoctors have been arrested since March, when President Jakaya Kikwete had ordered a crackdown of all those involved in these ritualistic killings for riches. But the minister was not able to give details about what had happened to them. The graves of albinos are often sealed with cement to prevent grave robbers.

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