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Albinos hit by Zimbabwe's race
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These are the more
than 15,000 blacks
------------- with albinism, a
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hereditary condition
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leaves their skin
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But now, besides being treated like lepers,
albino women have increasingly been the
victims of rape - a practice fuelled by myths
that if an HIV infected man sleeps with an
albino woman, he will be cured.
Outcasts
Treated like outcasts from birth, albinos are
shunned by society and unable to find jobs,
according to Felicity Mwamuka, the welfare
officer of the Zimbabwe Albino Association.

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Albino women have great difficulty finding
husbands because people believe that an
albino women will have albino children, she
says.
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"Most albino women are single parents."

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"There is this traditional belief that if you
sleep with an albino woman, you are cured of
HIV,'' she says.
For Albino women who drop out of school at a
young age selling vegetables at a street
corner appears an easy option.

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