“Recent trends indicate a significant decrease of incidents of attacks and killings of
people with albinism," said Tanzania’s Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC).
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Albinos are kidnapped and their body parts hacked off for use as charms and magical
potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck.

However in good news for those suffering from the genetic condition that results in a
reduction of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes, no attacks were registered in the first
six months of 2017, according to the LHRC.

This is attributed to increased efforts from Government, rights groups and UTSS to stop
such attacks.
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Tanzania’s prosecuting authority reported in June that 30 people had been convicted
for killing albinos between 2006 and 2016, and another 67 cases were underway.
The LHRC however noted an “increase of incidents of vandalism of .... graves”
containing the bodies of albinos.

In January a man was arrested in the southern Mbeya region for vandalising a grave

and exhuming body parts, with similar incidents taking place in northern Kagera and
central Morogoro.

Despite the decrease in attacks on albinos, they “continue to live in fear and

consequently cannot fully participate in social, economic and political activities,” said
the LHRC. In Sub-Saharan Africa one person in every 1,400 people has albinism.

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