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Tanzanian albinos stage protest

Albino woman
Many albinos are living in fear of their lives

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has met albinos protesting against the killing of members of their community.

Organisers of the demonstration in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, urged the government to do more to protect albinos.

About 30 - some of them babies - have been killed over the past year.

Witchdoctors want their body parts for potions which they say make people rich. Dozens of people have been held in connection with the deaths.

One of the organisers of Sunday's protest, Ernest Kimaya, said its aim was "to show our concerns regarding the brutal murder of our community".

He added: "We also feel that the government has not yet given the matter due attention."




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