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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Selling African Albino Body Parts

Buhangija Albinism School, 116 children are separated from their families and placed for their own protection due to simply being born with albinism. 


In Tanzania persons with albinism, PWA are facing the daily horror of a rapidly growing industry in the sale of albino body parts.
Tanzanian mother and her albino child
Albinism is genetically inherited resulting in a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes. Persons with albinism (PWA) are extremely sensitive to sun exposure and bright light, and some are visually impaired. 

Throughout Africa albinism is much more widespread than the rest of the world. Tanzania has one of the largest populations of people with Albinism in the world with an estimated 170,000. In the heart of Lake Victoria, Ukerewe Island is home to a large community of people with albinism.

In Tanzania PWA are facing the daily horror of a rapidly growing industry in the sale of albino body parts. More than 70 PWA’s have been killed since 2000. In Tanzania, PWA’s are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity. 

There is a great black market demand for the body parts of people with albinism selling for around US$600 according to 3news. On 1-1-15 Police in Tanzania arrested four people over the kidnapping of an albino girl from her home in the Mwanza region of Tanzania; her father is accused of orchestrating the offence.


In the heart of Lake Victoria, Ukerewe Island is home to a large community of people with albinism.
Tanzania's Ukerewe Island
The film “In the Shadow of the Sun” tells the story of two men with albinism pursuing their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear in Tanzania. 

The film follows their lives before and during an outbreak of brutal ritual killings that sweep across the country. Josephat lives in Dar Es Salaam with his wife Sabella and their two children and has spent his life as an albino rights campaigner fighting the discrimination that he comes up against each day. 

The Tanzania Albinism Society in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is an organization also advocating the rights of albinism.

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