S: Iana Matthias; p~5; 12.20.09
BC: An Iana Matthias Presentation peace, love, equality. ~ - I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is one race-the human race- and that we are all members of it.
FC: ~Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven. ~Yiddish Proverb
1: The Genocide of Albinos in Tanzania, Africa By: Iana Matthias<3
2: I’m glad I have the opportunity to shine light on a dark subject happening in Tanzania Africa. I knew that there were albinos in the world, a disorder that affects the melanin your skin pigments, that protects you from the suns rays. Nevertheless, I never knew the numbers. 1 in 3000 people are born with albinism, in Africa. And over 20 albinos have been killed in Tanzania in one year and the numbers are growing.
3: "I feel like I'm being hunted" | There has always been discrimination while albinos have been looked down upon in Africa, but in Tanzania, there is more than just hate occurring. It has turned into genocide. Albinos live in constant fear like Samuel Mluge says “I feel like I am being hunted,”
4: So why are Tanzania witch doctors killing them? For their bones and hair, and often trading skin. They believe that albinos have magical powers that they use in potions to bring wealth and make people rich. Another conception is that if a man infected with HIV sleeps with an albino, he will be cured, so often women are the victims of rape. There is an old belief, that when the volcano erupts, only albino blood can please the god of the mountainIn some cases people dig up the graves of albinos to get organs, genitals, or eyes to use in these potions.
5: Officers and government officials like the Red Cross, and even Canada, are trying to step up their game and help the situation by escorting albinos to a private school that they have to attend, one called Mintindo, and by creating organization/associations. Unfortunately many of them die in these societies before the age of 30 due to the prone risk of skin cancer. But despite the effort and attempts, the killings go on. “They have even spread to neighboring Kenya, where an albino woman was hacked to death in late May, with her eyes, tongue and breasts gouged out” says DAR ES SALAAM.
6: Vumilia’s story: “She was like many other Africans with albinism. She had dropped out of school because of severe near-sightedness, a common problem for albinos, whose eyes develop abnormally and who often have to hold things like books or cellphones two inches away to see them. She could not find a job because no one would hire her. She sold peanuts in the market, making $2 a week while her delicate skin was seared by the sun. When Vumilia’s mother, Jeme, saw the men with knives, she tried to barricade the door of their hut. But the men overpowered her and burst in. “They cut my daughter quickly,” she said, making hacking motions with her hands. The men sawed off Vumilia’s legs above the knee and ran away with the stumps. Vumilia died.”
7: It's a real tragedy that these normal people, who have done nothing to harm society, have to live in constant fear. Not knowing when they are going to be victims next. One man had to run away from home after his wife and other family members sold out his brother for $246. (Average salary $10). He saw his brother’s limbs all over the floor. Many others have to carry whistles and knives with them for protection; they feel like they are constantly running. Many accuse the government of turning the “blind eye” on this issue; in fact, even a 10 year old girl was brutally murdered for this reason.
8: ~ David Lowe: Mary says: "I was woken by a noise in the middle of the night.”Two men ran into our room and held a machete to my husband's throat. "They told him they'd kill him if he looked at them and made me lie still without a sound.”A terrible noise was coming from the children's room. "Eventually I got up and walked next door. I saw my daughter (Eunice, 14) legs were gone. "I realized she was dead and I couldn't stop crying.” "My husband was arrested. He was charged with our daughter's murder and remains in custody to this day." Her remaining daughters say, Shida, 13, "People avoid us and tell us to keep away. "They laugh and spit at us. "I heard the sound of a machete chopping my sister.”They said they'd kill me if I looked at them. "The last thing I heard my sister say was 'God help me. I am dying'. "I want to get away from here before we get ambushed by the albino killers.”We just want normal lives like anyone else. "Mary says when my first child was born, Semeni, people laughed at me and made fun of the baby. "The villagers were afraid she was going to bring bad luck on them all, but a child is a gift from God.”The reason Eunice is underground is nothing more than evil men seeking wealth. "I hope Eunice's soul has gone to heaven. | Mary and
9: ”We have no protection and no help from the village. "Every relative I have has deserted me because they disapprove of my albino children. "When I walk with them people look down on us. “It makes me angry - they are human beings, not dogs.”My kids live in great fear. "Every evening I prepare their food but they cannot eat. “They say, 'The night has come. Tonight we are going to die. “Eunice’s butchered body was laid to rest in a secret, unmarked grave. The local council also took the precaution of encasing her coffin in concrete to keep out robbers. Mary says: "I wish like it to be lovely like the other pretty graves, she was such a good child. "It's sad to see her like that, in grey concrete. "Shida says: "I find it hard to open my eyes during the day. "Outside I feel like I'm on fire. "The sun burns my arms all over. "I'd love to go to school and get an education. I wish I could read, but I can't. "Professor Murray Brilliant from the University of Arizona, and other societies, is one of the world's leading experts in albinism. Touched by Shida and Semeni's story, he recently travelled to Mwanza to try and secure their safety. He says: "It really is a strange concept to hunt and kill people based on their skin color. "It's important to change the perception of people with albinism here because these are human lives. | daughters
10: I give my ultimate support to the organizations coming out to Tanzania to help these poor, defenseless families and children. I respect all religions and their practices but this is insane, people are harming a race of albinos that are proven to not have any magical powers, and that have done nothing wrong to society. limbs are torn off in pain, so i hope i raised awareness to this issue.
11: Having hate amongst a specific race based on color has been around as long as anyone can remember, and is still going on today. This isn't just hate happening in Tanzania, it's greed. Using a specific group of people because they believe that they bring wealth. I don't understand what runs through these sick people's minds. It's really devastating for the families that have to witness their children being hacked to death, or the children who are forced to be on the run all their lives, and no one is putting 100% effort to help them. Everyone should have the right to be just like normal people and live normal lives, life is already a bitch, now adding the fear of being hunted makes it even scarier. I really feel bad towards these people that are targeted for no reason. What is wrong with the world?
12: Albinism is an inherited disease, in which both parents are carriers. It can happen to any race of people. There are different types from mild to severe, which affect the hair, skin, and eyes. In a lot of cases poor vision, blood disorders, and skin cancer later in life develops. Albino’s eyes can vary from light gray to blue or brown. The reason some appear to have red eyes is because the sun is reflecting of the iris. The genes in the parents responsible for making melanin (color pigment) isn’t present so the pigment isn’t made and the skin, eyes, or hair are colorless. Since this process is complex, that’s why there are many forms of albinism with many different combinations of colorless pigments. Even a recessive albinism gene can make a child become albino.