Dieter Telemans

Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

Madame Al-Shaymaa J. Kwegyir is Tanzania's first albino Member of Parliament. She is one of the founders of the Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) and worked as an information officer at the International Airport of Dar-es-Salaam for 25 years. In 2007, after twenty albinos were murdered in Tanzania, President Jakaya Kikwete appointed her as a Member of Parliament. The nomination of an albino MP is a first step in the fight against the widespread belief that albinism is the result of a curse. Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania albinos have been killed and mutilated, victims of a growing criminal trade in albino body parts fuelled by superstition and greed. Limbs, skin, hair, genitals and blood are believed by witch doctors to bring good luck, and are sold to clients for large sums of money, carrying with them the promise of instant wealth.

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Dieter Telemans
Dar Es Salaam
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