MacLeans on Albino Killings in Tanzania

MacLeans ran a brief summary of the current status of the prosecution of men accused of murdering albinos in Tanzania. Albinos are targeted in Tanzania and other African countries because it is believed their body parts have magical and/or medicinal properties. MacLeans reports that in October three men were sentence dto death for the killing of a 14-year-old albino boy whose body was then chopped up into pieces, presumably for sale on the black market.

It also reports on a particularly recently grizzly murder of a young albino girl,

An equally barbaric case is also garnering national attention: Mariam Emmanuel, a ?ve-year-old girl, was butchered by a group of machete-wielding men in Mwanza. The culprits divided the girl’s body up among themselves and drank her blood while her siblings watched.

Unfortunately, while this conviction (though not the death penalty) represents progress, this is apparently the first time since the wave of albino killing began in 2007 that anyone has been convicted of a crime related to the murders in Tanzania.

Under the Same Sun is the main organization currently addressing issues faced by albinos in Tanzania, including the horrific murders, and has a petition urging that more be done to stop the murders. It also accepts donations.

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2 thoughts on “MacLeans on Albino Killings in Tanzania”

  1. i thinkit is soooo horrible,with what is going on in tanzania and other areas of africa killing innescent people.they really need to step up major on this type of savage behavior!

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  2. AND THEY NEED TO KEEP THIS A MAJOR ISSUE HERE IN AMERICA AND ALSO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THEM IN TANZANIA AND ANY OTHER AREAS OF AFRICA.AND I PRAY OBAMA WILL TAKE UP THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD AISO. GOD HAVE MERCY ON US KEEP YOUR HAND IN THAT SITUATION,AND BRING JUSTICE SWIFTLY IN JESUS NAME AMEN!

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