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Death for Tanzania albino killers
A court in north-western
Tanzania has sentenced three
men to death by hanging for
killing a 14-year-old albino
boy.
They were found guilty of
attacking Matatizo Dunia and
severing his legs in Bukombe
district in Shinyanga province.
Albino people live in fear in Tanzania
In the past two years there has
and Burundi
been a huge rise in murders of
albino people. Witchdoctors use their body parts in potions they claim
bring prosperity.

Dozens of people have been arrested, but the justice system is
notoriously slow and this is the first conviction.

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In July a court in neighbouring Burundi sentenced one person to life in
prison and eight others to jail for the murder of albino people whose
remains were sold in Tanzania.

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The three men attacked and killed the young boy last December - one
of a string of more than 50 albino murders that have taken place in
Tanzania over the past two years.

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They have the right to appeal
against the death sentence - a
punishment their lawyers described
as unexpected.
Albino people are killed because
potions made from their body parts
are believed to bring good luck and
wealth.
Witchdoctors in Tanzania and other
Living in fear: Tanzania's albinos
parts of East Africa - especially
In hiding for exposing witchdoctors
Burundi - have made tens of
thousands of dollars from selling potions and other items made from
the bones, hair, skin and genitals of dead albino people.
Witchdoctors pay a lot of money for body parts.
The Tanzanian government has publicly stated its desire to end the
killings.
In March, President Jakaya Kikwete called on Tanzanians to come
forward with any information they might have.
Officials banned witchdoctors from practising, however many have
continued to work.
Some correspondents say it is possible that Wednesday's death
sentence will deter people from killing albino people.
But BBC Africa analyst Mary Harper says in a country as poor as
Tanzania, it is likely that some murders will continue because so much
money can be made from selling the body parts.

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