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Tanzania: Government Bans Traditional Healers to Try to Save the Lives of Albinos

Posted in News by Skepdude on January 27, 2009

Tanzania’s government officially banned traditional healers last week in an attempt to stop the killing of albinos for medicine.

But local news services reported that healers were openly defying the ban. Many are registered with the government and belong to their own medical association, which opposes the ban, saying its members treat 30 percent of the Tanzanian population.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda announced Friday that the government was immediately revoking all licenses.

“These witch doctors are big liars,” he said at a public rally, the newspaper The Citizen reported. “They are fanning albino killings.”

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