Posted by: becketfund | March 16, 2009

Burundi: ‘Albino Killers’ Arrested

BUJUMBURA – At least eight people have been arrested in Burundi in connection with a trade in human body parts from people with albinism, the BBC reported on March 16. Witchdoctors in the region tell clients that potions made with albino body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business. At least 10 albino people have been killed in Burundi in recent months and more than 40 in neighboring Tanzania.  Kazungu Kassim, the head of a Burundi albino association, said the authorities were now taking the killing of albinos seriously but that more needs to be done. “We urge the government to double efforts in protecting albinos, because what we are witnessing here is a planned extermination of the albino community,” Kassim said.  At least 200 people have been arrested over the trade in Tanzania but none have been convicted, raising fears that senior officials could be involved.

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