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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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Mothers hacked in albino attacks

Posted in News by Skepdude on November 14, 2008

Two mothers in western Tanzania have been attacked by gangs who were after their children who have albinism.

The women were hacked with machetes when the attackers failed to find the two children.

Albinos have been targeted in a series of killings around the country due to a belief their body parts can make magic potions more effective.

At least 30 people with albinism have been killed since March, including a seven-month old baby.

On Wednesday, attackers forced a woman to take them to her home, looking for her nine-year-old daughter in Kibondo District, close to the Burundi border.

The girl was not in the house and so the men attacked the mother.

In the second attack, a gang of four men broke into a house at the Lugufu camp in Kigoma, which hosts refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, looking for a child with albinism.

The child, aged two, escaped kidnap after falling under the bed unnoticed.

The women are undergoing treatment for their injuries.

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