Persecuted Tanzanian albinos push for respect

People with albinism under threat of deadly attacks lead community-education drive to gain acceptance.

Last Modified: 17 May 2013 20:08
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

People suffering from albinism have long been persecuted in East Africa and Tanzania in particular.

It is estimated that more than 150,000 albinos live there, and at least 70 of them have been murdered in the past six years, often for superstitious reasons.

Al Jazeera's Peter Greste travelled to Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, for the first part of our "Global Beliefs Versus the Law" series, where an education campaign has begun.


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.