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Malawi Govt Unveils Strategy to Foil Killings of People With Albinism

Malawi Govt Unveils Strategy to Foil Killings of People With Albinism

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama has said Malawi Police has a six-point safety strategy to foil abduction and albino ritual killing in the country. In a ministerial statement presenter in Parliament in Lilongwe on Fridayon the status of cases handled by the Malawi Police related to attacks on persons living with […]

United Nations Resettles Albino Refugees Due to Threats in Malawi

United Nations Resettles Albino Refugees Due to Threats in Malawi

Since June of last year, the U.N. refugee agency in Malawi has been resettling albino refugees to North America, amid continued threats to people living with albinism in the southern African country. The agency says albino refugees in Malawi are reporting harassment, such as one refugee, now resettled to Canada, who said people kept trying […]

UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

United Nations agencies are joining forces with governments in Southern Africa in a push to strengthen protections for persons with albinism, who often fall victim to a raft of abuses, including maiming, trafficking and even murder, linked to the belief that their parts have magical powers in witchcraft potions. A two-day regional forum on preventing […]

Albino Children Abandon School Due to Stigma in Uganda

Albino Children Abandon School Due to Stigma in Uganda

Two primary school pupils with albinism were forced to abandon education for one year due to unending stigma by fellow pupils. Daniel Rubangakene, 13, and his sister Rebecca Masala, 14, could not stand the endless taunts by fellow pupils and decided to drop out of school. The duo were studying from one of the schools […]

Spell of the Albino: Witchcraft and a gruesome trade

Spell of the Albino: Witchcraft and a gruesome trade

Albinism is a non-contagious, genetically inherited disorder, affecting about one in 20,000 men and women around the world. Sufferers are afflicted by a congenital absence of melanin, a pigmentation defect in the hair, skin and eyes that causes vulnerability to sun exposure and bright light. Many have very poor vision as a consequence and in […]

Men Get 20 Years Each for Hacking Albino Woman to Pieces

Men Get 20 Years Each for Hacking Albino Woman to Pieces

Two men were sentenced to 20 years each behind bars for their roles in the murder of an albino woman from Manguzi in northern KwaZulu-Natal in August. Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said Thandazile Mpunzi, 20, had been reported missing by her relatives. “A missing person inquiry was opened for investigation and the police and […]

Tanzania Albinos In US For Prosthetics After Their Limbs were Cut Off By Witchdoctors

Tanzania Albinos In US For Prosthetics After Their Limbs were Cut Off By Witchdoctors

Around five albino children from Tanzania are in the US to be fitted with prosthetics. Their limbs were cut off because of the belief by some witchdoctors that the body parts have properties that can be used in potions to bring good luck and wealth. “They cut off the hand… they hit my mum and […]

Colourless Beauty: Meet South African`s Albino Super Model, Thando Hopa

Colourless Beauty: Meet South African`s Albino Super Model, Thando Hopa

Thando Hopa grew up in the shade, her porcelain skin protected by long sleeves and sunscreen until the day the South African decided to fight prejudice against albinos by becoming a model. Petite and born with an inherited depigmentation of her skin from head to toe that can lead to discrimination and even death, Hopa […]

Zambia Ritual Killings Cause of Concern

Zambia Ritual Killings Cause of Concern

Barely two weeks after the shocking murder of an albino woman in Lundazi, another teenage girl of Kapiri Mposhi has been brutally murdered in yet another unnerving sequel of suspected random ritual killings. The body of the girl was found naked with her tongue and both breasts ripped off. Enough is enough. We would love […]

‘No Parliamentary Seat Will Be Won By Using Albino Body Parts’

‘No Parliamentary Seat Will Be Won By Using Albino Body Parts’

Tanzanian politicians have been warned to steer clear of witchcraft ahead of elections later this year after the nation’s parliament heard lawmakers could be involved in a wave of attacks on albinos whose body parts are prized in ‘black magic’ rituals. The East African country imposed a ban on witchcraft earlier this year to try […]

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