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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Graves of Albinos attack & bodies dug up for magic in Kenya, other countries

A UN expert on albinism, Ikponwosa Ero has said that buried bodies of albinos are increasingly being dug up so body parts can be taken. Despite the fact that people living with albinism suffer attacks from beliefs that they possess special powers, which make their body parts important for magic, their buried bodies are being targeted.

More than 600 albinos have been killed in different African countries since 2007, mainly for ritualistic reasons.    

She was speaking at a UN conference on albinism held on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, which brought together representatives from 15 African countries.

Cases have been reported in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, where people living with albinism suffer the most attacks.

Participants called for the graves to be protected with concrete material to prevent excavation. 

Kenya has also been holding a Mr and Miss Albino pageant in an attempt to challenge negative stereotypes about people living with albinism, BBC reports.

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