Friday, 7 August 2009

Albino group worried about stalled Tanzania cases

From Reuters, London, UK
By George Obulutsa

DAR ES SALAAM, Aug 7 (Reuters) - A Canada-based rights group has questioned Tanzania's commitment to stop albino murders after courts in the northwest of the African country suspended cases against suspected killers due to lack of funds.

At least 53 Tanzanian albinos have been murdered since 2007, with most of the killings taking place in the remote northwest regions of Shinyanga and Mwanza, where superstition runs deep.

To date, the authorities have arrested more than 90 people, including four police officers, for involvement in the killings or trade of albino body parts - which witchdoctors tell their clients will bring them luck in love, life and business.


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