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Albino girl kidnapped, killed in Burundi

2012-05-07 07:40

Bujumbura - An armed gang kidnapped, killed and dismembered an albino girl in what was Burundi's 18th such slaying in less than four years, officials said Sunday.

People with albinism, a genetic condition that limits or prevents entirely the production of body pigment, have long been the target of discrimination in several African countries.

Beliefs attributing albinos special powers exist in the region and the victims' limbs are sometimes sold to witchdoctors.

In the latest attack overnight on Saturday, seven men armed with spears, a rifle and machetes went into a home near the capital Bujumbura and kidnapped a 15-year-old girl, local official Leonce Ndirinzirindi said.

The group then killed her and chopped off her arms and legs, which they took with them, he added.

Eighteen albinos have been killed since August 2008. The rate of killings dropped off after August 2009, when eight people were convicted of the murder and attempted murder of albinos.

Kassim Kazungu, the president of group Albinos Sans Frontieres, said the government was failing to protect albinos and said everyone sentenced to prison in the killings had escaped.

Comments
  • Lolly Fixation Shongwe - 2012-05-07 07:53

    People, Albinos are as much Human as you are. No, they're more! i mean this is inhuman. how do you just do something as gruesome as that and still be able to live with yourself?? Would you do the same to your own child if he or she were an Albino?? you talk about discrimination and racism yet you are committing a GENOCIDE!!

      Jack - 2012-05-07 08:26

      This is Africa, where witchcraft is still alive and well...including South Africa.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-05-07 12:26

      Uncultured Savages....

  • Robin - 2012-05-07 07:59

    Similar muti killings have also been going on in Tanzania for many years - sick, sick bastards

  • Emmanuel - 2012-05-07 07:59

    So sad

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-07 09:02

    There's no pill for stupid unfortunately. To confuse a genetic predisposition with voodoo is...well, let’s just say there is no pill. Morons

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-07 09:23

    This makes me so ashamed to be African,sadly I am.

  • Rachael - 2012-05-07 09:26

    These people are lacking some serous grey matter ...

  • Ashliegh - 2012-05-07 09:40

    they need jesus thats all what are they doing with albinos mxm idiots

  • Shannon - 2012-05-07 10:06

    The irony here is that they are killing their ancestors. Albinism is a recessive genetic condition. Two copies of the defective gene need to be passed on by both parents, the irony is her killers could well be carriers of the gene. Would they kill their own offspring?

      johan.vandervyver.3 - 2012-05-07 10:23

      Yes they would!

  • Macebo - 2012-05-07 10:40

    This must stop thy are human beings like us

  • Carla - 2012-05-07 14:05

    Absolutely horrific! That poor child. RIP

  • Sharon - 2012-05-07 15:25

    africa is still about a 1000years behind the rest of humanity - they keep going on about their culture etc - what a sick joke.

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