Wednesday, 6 August 2008

MPs: Act on albino killings now

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Bernard James in Dodoma

Members of Parliament yesterday demanded that the Government urgently address the persistent problem of albino killings in the country.

Their demands come amid reports that more than 20 albinos were killed between June and now, in bizarre incidents blamed on witchcraft and sorcery.

Most killings have of late occurred in the Lake Zone region, especially in Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mara, where the albinos are mostly concentrated.

Tanzania's first albino MP Al-Shymaa Kwegyir said time was up for the government to make an official statement on the killings that has put their lives at risk.

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