Catherine Amidu , a 12-year-old Malawian albino girl, sits in her home, in the traditional authority area of Nkole, Machinga district, on April 17, 2015. Six albinos have been killed in the poor southern African nation since December, according to the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi. AFP PHOTO …

Malawi Archbishop Condemns ‘Ritual Murders’ of Albinos

The archbishop of Blantyre, Malawi, has blamed the country’s government for failing to stop a wave of ritual killings of people with albinism, generated by belief in the healing power of the bones of albinos.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY OTTO BAKANO Fatuma Sultan (R), a Tanzanian albino and the sister of albino member of Tanzania's Albino United football club Fikiri Sultan, hangs clothes to dry in front of her home in Dar es Salaam on November 3, 2010. Albinism is a genetically inherited …

Africa: Myth of Magical AIDS Cure Fuels Sexual Assault of Albino Women

The pervasive myth that having sex with a person with albinism — a condition in which the body does not produce any melanin — can cures AIDS has made rape and sexual assault of women and girls with albinism a commonplace threat in places like Malawi.


Tanzania Warns Politicians: Witchcraft Using Albino Body Parts Will Not Win You Elections

Tanzania’s federal government has been forced to issue a warning to politicians competing in the October elections not to engage in witchcraft in an attempt to improve their odds of winning, reminding candidates that witchcraft was banned nationally in January and any attacks on people with albinism–whose bodies are used in good luck potions–will be prosecuted.

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As Tanzania Cracks Down on Albino Witchcraft Murders, Malawi Sees Rise in Attacks

A man in Malawi was arrested this week for attempting to murder a 16-year-old albino boy. Authorities say attacks against people with albinism have risen in the past year, as witch doctors claim potions made with the body parts of albinos can change the fate of those willing to pay to kill them.