When you are born in Tanzania as an albino you have two options. Either your parents murder you not to bring them bad lack, or they let you live however other people will murder you because parts of your body will bring them good luck, says Iva Skochova in her article Black Market With White Skin published in Lidove noviny, September 3, 2010.
She continues that it is believed in Tazania that albinos are something like white ghosts and posses supernatural powers. Their bodies are believed to have miraculous effects on those who consume them. Their blood or nostrum from their bones guarantees immediate prosperity according to local superstition. Witchdoctors recommend albino skin as a proven method how to cure AIDS.
This year ten people have been sentenced to death in Tanzania for killing albino. African Albinos Network revealed that at least 56 albinos were killed in last three years. The reason for worsen situation is the economy of the country. Many people live in such poor conditions they would do anything to get some money.
Albinism afflicts one in twenty thousand people in population, but in Tanzania it is seven times more than that. The Tanzania Albino Society claims there are 150 000 albinos in the country of population 41,048,532 (as of January 2010). Not even scientists know why this is so.
Regardless reasons for albinism, albinos in Africa is extremely dangerous because their skin is not protected by pigment and they suffer burns and skin cancer.
Tanzanian government concentrated all albino children from Mwanza area to primary school Mitindo in March 2007 where they can be better protected before people who want to kill them. It is 62 of them and they stay at school even during holidays as it is not safe for them back home.
Iva Skochova ends her article that albinism can not be cured. If one of the parents is albino, it is 50% chance child will be too, if both parents are albinos, genetic transfer of disease is 100%.
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