Killing albinos for muthi must stop!

2015-10-29 06:00

I’ve learnt with much regret that a KZN albino woman, Thandazile Mpunzi (20), was killed for muthi. She was buried in a shallow grave after some body parts had been removed.

Such killings are terrible. People need to learn that albinos are just the same as everybody else. We were all created by the same God and He loves us equally as his children. Albinism is just the absence of pigment in the skin and hair. Albinos need our love, support and care. It is about time we saw and accepted them as our own people. The community must come together and save our albino brothers and sisters. You cannot kill them to heal someone else. In Tanzania, albinos are reportedly killed for their body parts. The killers believe that this will bring them luck and empower them. You just cannot do that. In South Africa too, some people hold the false belief that the ritual killing of an albino can make them rich. We need to make everyone aware that they should never target albinos.

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