Tanzania – court sentences killers of albinos to death

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Tanzania albino killers sentenced to death

Albino boys in TanzaniaAlbinism affects around one in every 1,400 Tanzanians, far higher than average

Four people have been sentenced to death in Tanzania after being found guilty of murdering an albino woman.

The four had killed the woman in 2008 because they believed her body parts had special powers, according to the judge in north-western town of Geita.

The 22-year-old victim, Zawadi Mangidu, left behind a nine-month-old child. Her husband is one of those convicted.

Tanzania’s president this week vowed to tackle the killing of albinos, who are targeted for superstitious reasons.

The BBC’s Hassan Mhelela in Dar Es Salaam says it is not certain that the death sentence will be carried out as Tanzania has had a moratorium on executions since 1994.

The country is struggling to curb a wave of violence against people with albinism – a condition that affects the production of…

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