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Public Radio International: Africa’s albinos seek their place in the sun

August 7, 2009

The next installment in journalist Phillip Martin’s series on albinism in Africa focuses on the killings of people with this genetic condition that have occurred in Tanzania, Burundi, and Kenya.

For those of you that have been following the progress of the trials in Burundi and Tanzania, justice has been slow: nine people have been convicted in Burundi but in Tanzania trials for the hundreds of people arrested have not resulted in any convictions, with some trials suspended due to lack of funds.

It’s important to remember that even with the arrests and international attention on the issue, there were four killings last month, one of them a 4 year old boy.

Martin quotes Rick on the relationship between the region’s faltering economy and the killings:

“[Guidotti] said that in the area of Ruyigi, Burundi, for instance, the average yearly salary is $10.

‘So when there’s an opportunity to feed 10 children when you bring the bones of one child with albinism, it’s greed but it’s also survival,” said Guidotti. “And it’s only going to get worse until people stand up and start prosecuting those that are suspected of these horrifying crimes.'”

Read the rest of the article here.

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