Tanzania: Political candidates blamed for rise in albino killings

| June 8, 2015

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The Tanzanian government recently admitted that politicians could be behind increased attacks and killings of people with albinism.

The UN has condemned the wave of albino killings in Tanzania. Recent reports have linked the increased number of attacks during the run-up to national elections with political candidates’ unscrupulous desire for success at the ballot box. Some Tanzanians believe that albinos’ body parts bring good fortune.

Pereira Silima is Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Home Affairs. He says, “I want to assure my fellow politicians that there won’t be any parliamentary seat that will be won as a result of using albino body parts.”

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