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.

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Sexual Abuse of Orphans in Malawi Gets Texas Man 25 Years

A Texas man was sentenced in federal court to spend 25 years in prison after he was convicted of engaging in “illicit sexual contact in a foreign place.” The man was reported to have had sexual contact with at least eight minors who were orphans in an orphanage he managed in Malawi.

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.

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Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Orphans

A Texas man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing orphans. He used his position in a foreign country as orphanage manager, and access to better accommodations and amenities like hot water, to lure the minor victims. One of these children was suffering from HIV.


British Aid ‘Making Foreign Police Even More Corrupt’

Britain has wasted a fortune on funding schemes for foreign police forces that have increased crime, corruption and political repression. Over the past four years, Diana Good, who was appointed to scrutinise Britain’s foreign aid funding, found numerous examples of


Seven Dead, Hundreds Arrested as Xenophobic Violence Sweeps South Africa

The South African government has announced the arrest of more than 300 people accused of partaking in violence against immigrants and refugees in the country, after mob attacks have left seven dead and prompted at least two other African countries to repatriate their citizens, fearing for their safety.

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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.