By Moshi Shabani
Tanzanians People with albinism (PWA) from rural areas are continuing to live in fear amid widespread attitudes that lead to violence against them; more work was needed to address witchcraft and educate the public.
United Nations Human Rights expert Ikponwosa Ero from Nigeria said: “People with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation, as the root causes of the attacks against them remain rampant, and the effects of over a decade of violations have taken their toll.”
In winding up her 11-day visit to Tanzania, Ero applauded the government of Tanzania for allowing expert to come and investigate about Albino issues.
“It is ten years now since it has forbidden international experts but today it is the good news for me to be allowed and investigate about Albino issues in Tanzania; we have found that people are still living in fear, particularly in rural areas,” she told Journalists in Dar es Salaam.
The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, welcomed a drop in the number of reported attacks and praised the government for its work to tackle the issue - which is rooted in the mistaken belief that the body parts of people with albinism have value in witchcraft practices.
“However, full oversight over their work has still not been achieved, and confusion still exists in the minds of the general public between witchcraft practice and the work of traditional healers,” the Independent Expert noted.