Friday, June 17, 2016

Hunting for humans: African albinos live in fear -

For Agness Jonathan, every day is a gamble with her children's lives.

Simple questions like whether they should go to school carry an unimaginable risk of death and dismemberment to satisfy a barbaric demand. 
This is because her daughters are living with albinism, a genetic condition resulting in little or no pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes. And this makes them a target.

It is children like Agness' who, according to a newly released Amnesty International report, are being hunted like animals in Malawi where their bones are sold in the belief the body parts bring wealth, happiness and good luck.
The report chronicles the day-to-day lives of those living with the condition, and details the extent of a recent surge in killings of albinos living in the landlocked country in southern Africa. 
The bloodiest month was April this year, when Amnesty says four people were murdered, including a baby.

Hunting for humans: African albinos live in fear -

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