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Albinos Killed in Tanzania for Money & Power Rituals | Government Bans Soothsayers to Stop Trend

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AlbinosTanzania has banned soothsayers in order to protect albinos, dozens of who have been killed in recent years for their body parts which are used in power and wealth rituals, media reported on Wednesday.

Home Affairs Minister, Mathias Chikawe announced the creation of a task force comprising representatives of the government and the Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) to investigate the killings.

About 70 albinos, people born without pigmentation have been killed in the east African country over the past six years.

The report says their body parts, ranging from hearts to genitals, are regarded as powerful magical ingredients. However, it said that 10 people have been convicted of murder.

“The new task force will review court cases involving albino killings to make sure culprits did not get away too lightly.

“Soothsayers are the ones fueling albino killings, we are going to look for them and those who will be apprehended will be prosecuted,’’ Chikawe said.

He stressed that “witchdoctors” claiming to make people rich should not be confounded with practitioners of alternative medicine. Tanzania has thousands of traditional healers who treat people medically and psychologically.

TAS chairman, Ernest Kimaya, whose organisation has 12,000 members, expressed a profound appreciation for the important step taken by the government.

“It is unthinkable, ridiculous and totally unacceptable that in this century some people could be so easily deceived by witchdoctors.

“Especially into thinking they could become rich by killing fellow human beings whose only misfortune is being born with albinism,’’ the TAS chairman said.

Photo Credit: Voice of America/Reuters

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10 Comments

  1. bruno

    January 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    africans when are we gonna wake up. all these things are fault. no body has special powers. killing an albino or a virgin can not make u rich, or give u special powers. sleeping with the same sex can not give u super powers or make u a billionaire over night.

    sleeping with a virgin can not cure hiv.

    I feel bad for albinos in africa. they have to walk around in fear of being kidnapped.

    • Le moi

      January 15, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Plz bruno is that you?!

  2. ck

    January 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    it’s good they ban them

    ckjacob.blogspot.com

  3. @edDREAMZ

    January 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Na this useless people and boko haram dey give africa bad name i swear….. Useless set of fools… I hope dey burn them alive……
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • oluwaseun

      January 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      @edDreamz, if you have such hopes, how then are you different from those giving Africa bad names?

  4. Drknite

    January 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I wonder if killing an albino will make my teeth whiter.

    • proudlyalbino

      January 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      @Drknite..oya go and find one to kill and see if your teeth will be whiter…Daft.
      U just read dat ova 70 albinos have bn killed in Tarzania alone in d past 6yrs n dats all u hv to say…
      U cudnt possibly undastnd what it means to be an albino in Africa….and I will not b d one to educate u..

  5. HAWTTALKWITHTOSAN

    January 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    In 2015 we still dealing with such barbarism? What a shame. How do you change people who are demented in their thinking? WTF?

  6. Chibuzor

    January 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    this is why africa will continued to be viewed by rhe rest of the world as that dark, uncivilised continent. our counterparts in the other parts of the world are making improvements daily in the field of science discovery etc. Africans are killing each for human parts in this 21st century. The black man has a serious problem.

  7. Mabel

    January 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Africa talking about advancement, you cannot advance economically and technologically without an advancement in the mindset. Historically the only times where advancement came to a people was when they changed their mindsets about fundamental things. Africans who think along these lines, which unfortunately are too many, need an emancipation of the mind. Interesting that these people do not see themselves as murderers.

    What a tragic consequence for these poor people to bear for something they have no control over. I hope the Tanzanian government is doing everything possible to protect them. It is hard enough dealing with medical issues related to being an albino person, and then having to worry about your personal safety as well.

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