Category Archives: Tanzania

A cinematic spotlight on albinism (Tanzania)

Next, Tolulope Odeyemi, September 17, 2011

“Today I am here, I don’t know where I will be tomorrow. Maybe I will have been cut down for rituals, I just don’t know.” These were the words of Manyasi, an albino in Tanzania in the 58-minute documentary, ‘White & Black: Crimes of Color’, screened recently at the Life House, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The film is part of the campaign against the kidnap and murder of people living with albinism in Tanzania. Through its vivid display of severed body parts of albinos, ‘Black & White’ reveals the deep cruelty that exists in the hearts of men who allow fetish practices to lead them astray into evil.

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Region moves to curb extra-judicial killings (Tanzania)

1st August 2011, The Guardian

Over 240 people were killed in Shinyanga Region between January last year and June, this year, due to witchcraft beliefs and incidents related to extra-judicial killings.

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In Tanzania, albinos are hunted for charms

Washington Times, Betsy Pisik, 8 Dec. 2009

Most attacks on albinos are motivated by a brisk but illegal market for magical charms and potions made with albino limbs, organs, blood or skin. The talismans are thought to bring wealth and good fortune to the wearer in many African cultures where superstition trumps science and witchcraft readily overpowers religious faith. Continue reading

Crackdown on witchdoctors after albinos killed to harvest body parts (Tanzania)

Independent, Claire Soares, 4 April 2008

 Known as the “Zeru Zeru”, or ghosts, Tanzania’s albinos have put up with the name-calling and the stigmatisation of being “black in a white skin” for years. The unluckier ones have even been kicked out of their home by relatives who see their condition as a curse on the whole family. Now albinos in the east African nation face an altogether more deadly threat. They have become the favoured prey of traditional healers, who kill them to harvest their body parts for get-rich-quick concoctions. Continue reading

Three men to hang for Tanzania albino murder

Reuters, Sep 23, 2009, George Obulutsa

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania’s high court on Wednesday sentenced three men to hang for the murder of a 13-year-old albino boy, killed for his body parts in the country’s northwest, local media and a rights group said.

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Kenyan jailed for trying to sell albino to witch doctors, 20 August 2010, Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala

A KENYAN man was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison yesterday for trying to sell an albino man to witch doctors in Tanzania. Continue reading

Welcome to Juju Nation! (Tanzania)

The Citizen, 26 Feb. 2011, Bernard James

Tanzania is home to some of the most devout Christians and Muslims in the world. The composition of the population is about 50-50, with the believers enjoying unprecedented peace and harmony, as they go about their worship since Independence nearly 50 years ago.

Therefore, the findings of a recent survey that lists Tanzanians among the leading believers in witchcraft and worshippers of traditional African religions in sub-Saharan Africa will come as a surprise to many. Continue reading