Four Tanzanian children with albinism who lost limbs in brutal attacks United Nations officials estimate at least 75 albinos were killed in the. Tanzania Nineteen people have been sentenced to death after being convicted of killing albinos, the Tanzanian government has confirmed. “Recent trends indicate a significant decrease of incidents of attacks and killings of” people with albinism, said Tanzania’s Legal and Human.

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Four albino Tanzanian children, whose severed body parts have wound up on the black market for use in witchcraft, arrive in the U.

Persecution of people with albinism

Tajzania Tanzanian children with albinism, who lost limbs in brutal superstition-driven attacks, arrived in the United States on Saturday for medical treatment and respite from a homeland where they are persecuted and feared.

Weary from travel, the four stepped off a jet at John F.

Many need prosthetics like the children from Tanzania, where people with albinism live in danger. Their body parts are highly valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price.

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Superstition leads many to believe they are ghosts who bring bad luck. The children who alnino on Saturday were making a return trip, having outgrown prosthetics they got in the United States with the help of GMRF two years ago.


The oldest boy, year-old Emmanuel Rutema, speaks with difficulty. His attackers chopped off one arm and the fingers of the other and tried to pull out his tongue and teeth.

Baraka Lusambo, 8, grinned in obvious delight as he took in the bustling airport and swung from the albion of a U. Customs and Border Protection officer. Mwigulu Magesa, 14, and Pendo Noni, 17, hung back, shyly seeking reassurance from Ester Rwela, a social worker who traveled with them from Tanzania.

Tanzanian albino children, attacked for body parts used in witchcraft, seek care in US

The children attend boarding school and live in so-called ikllings houses in Tanzania. They rarely go out in public because it frightens them, said Rwela, a social worker with Under the Same Suna charity that advocates for people with albinism.

Supervisory officer Huss 2nd-R for U. Pendo Noni, a Tanzanian with Albinism visiting the U.

GMRF in the last 20 years has hosted more than children getting medical treatment, but the ones from Tanzania stand out, said Montanti. The children are expected to stay about two months, getting medical treatment courtesy of the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia.


Persecution of people with albinism – Wikipedia

albnio Albinism is a congenital disorder affecting about one in 20, people worldwide who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes.

It is more common in sub-Saharan Africa and affects about one Tanzanian in 1, United Nations officials estimate at least 75 albinos were killed in the east Taanzania nation between and They say the number of reported attacks represent just a fraction of the total as most are secretive rituals in rural areas.

According to the Office of the U. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the body parts are traded in a lucrative market for use in witchcraft. Please read our Commenting Policy first.

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