Nyere was murdered pure and simply, his wife believes, because of the colour of his skin. He was an Albino. An estimated one in 4,000 people in Africa is an Albino. According to cancer specialist Jeff Wandi from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city, the skin colour is caused by a genetic defect. "They do have a lack of gene which makes melanin, which is the black protective skin colour," he says. "So that they won’t form colour. And that would include both skin and the eyes." Discrimination Their white skin means most Albinos in Tanzania, as in many other African countries stand out from the rest of the population and have often been discriminated against. "While a kid, people used to call me names," Alshymaa Kwegyir, who became Tanzania's first ever Albino MP in April this year, says. "There are names here in Tanzania, They are called 'zeru zeru', some they say this is a ghost, some they say this is not a human being, some say this is an animal, many names." Kwegyir also says that many Albinos used to be killed in silence because people did not want to have babies with white skin. Recently, however, prejudice in some quarters towards Albinos has taken a deadly turn, with a string of killings shocking the country. Rutahiro Nyere was one of the latest of dozens of victims whose bodies have been found dismembered. "There are so called witch doctors who claim that they can do something with whatever body parts they get from Albinos," Simeon Mesaki, a veteran anthropologist who studys the phenomenon of witch craft, says. Susana Nyere says her husband's killers are local Kwegyir says the legs, hands and hair are the three body parts that are often taken after the killing. The legs of an albino are the most prized as they are believed to bring more wealth to miners, while hair attached to fishing nets is supposed to induce a good catch. Stalled investigations

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