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Shocking New report reveals how albino's are killed and maimed for rituals in Africa

A United Nations expert, Ikponwosa Ero reveals human rights abuses against people living with albinism.

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A United Nations expert, Ikponwosa Ero reveals human rights abuses against people living with albinism.

In her first report, which was released a week ago to the human rights council of the UN, she says people with living with albinism body parts are usually hacked off with machetes, for witchcraft rituals and there are cases where their graves have been desecrated.

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New report reveals how albino's are killed and maimed for rituals in Africa

 

The reasons for the killings and discrimination is because, it is believed that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers.

Such superstition is present especially in some parts of Africa, where it has been promulgated and exploited by witch doctors and others who use such body parts as ingredients in rituals, concoctions and potions with the claim that their magic will bring prosperity to the user.

As a result, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of some albinos have been dug up and desecrated.

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New report reveals how albino's are killed and maimed for rituals in Africa

 

Even more disturbing, the researcher claims that the prices for albino body parts is expensive and very valuable as prices ranges from $2,000 (800 thousand Naira) for a limb to $75,000 (20 million Naira) for a “complete set” or corpse.

She noted that since taking on the assignment, there had been reports of 40 attacks across seven countries, but that this represents just a fraction of the total as most are secretive rituals in rural areas that are never reported.

Ero added that some of the rituals and killings are usually done by the victims’ own family members.

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New report reveals how albino's are killed and maimed for rituals in Africa

 

Albinism is a congenital disorder, an absence of melanin pigment, a chemical substance responsible for colouration. It is estimated that approximately one in twenty thousand people are affected worldwide.

Tanzania is thought to have the largest population of albinos in Africa. In Tanzania, albinos represent one in every 1429 births, a much higher rate than in any other nation.

READ: Nigerians annoyed at United Nations for saying 'Albinos are killed and used for money rituals in Nigeria'

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