Ritualistic black magic beliefs in Tanzania have citizens convinced that HIV and AIDS can be cured by raping and murdering albino people. At least 63 albinos, including children, are proven to have been killed so far. The Tanzanian government claims they want the killings to stop, but they have been globally criticized for almost total inaction.
Being an albino in Africa is not only difficult but also very dangerous. There is a real hunt on them in Tanzania and Burundi. People believe that the body parts of albinos bring wealth and luck. For example, fishermen are making fishing nets out of their hair because they believe it will bring abundance and lots of fish. International organizations offer camps where albinos can live and be protected.
Since 2000 there have been around 448 reported attacks in 25 African nations: over 172 murders and some 276 attacks not resulting in death (which include survivors of mutilations, violence, rape, attempted abductions, missing persons, grave violations, asylum and permanent residency cases). It is important to note though that many attacks and killings of PWA in Africa are not documented or reported.
Two-year-old Whitney was abducted from her bed while she was sleeping. Baby Whitney’s skull, teeth and clothes were later discovered in a neighbouring village. Her brutal murder follows that of 9-year-old Harry, snatched from his home and found beheaded soon after. Whitney and Harry were targeted because they have albinism. Thousands of people with albinism are at huge risk of abduction and killings in Malawi, where their body parts are sold for witchcraft. Attacks are on the rise.