Wednesday, 23 July 2008

War declared on albino killers

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News reporter

Scores of albinos in Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mbeya regions have been brutally murdered in cold blood by unknown people who are inspired by witchcraft beliefs. The victims had parts of their bodies chopped. On July 11 this year a seven-month albino baby identified as Kija Marachu was killed by unknown people in Shinyanga region.

The government has called for joint and relentless efforts to crack down on monsters who are involved in indiscriminate killings of albinos. A statement issued yesterday by the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children expressed grave concern over an escalating wave of the killings and described the acts as ‘barbaric’ and a gross violation of human rights.

The Ministry urged the municipal councils, village authorities, religious leaders and other key players to jointly declare war on the killings, “They should strive to educate the general public on the adverse effects of unjustified beliefs that have contributed to the killings of the albinos in various parts of the country.

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