30 December 2012

Tanzania: Albino Community Praises Govt

Photo: IRIN
An Albino boy carries a baby.

Tanga — TANZANIA Albino Society, Tanga Branch has praised the government in the region for its strategic plan to protect albinos. Tanga has not recorded any albino killing since January, this year.

Speaking here the general secretary of the Albino Society in Tanga Region, Innocent Haule said that, following the events of albino killings in some regions in the country, the government laid down strategies that have helped in the protection of albinos.

He said the government leaders in all districts in the region held meetings and sensitised the community on the protection of albinos. Mr Haule said that the community police programme not only reduced the criminal activities in the region, but provided albinos with protection.

He urged the government with other stakeholders to continue with the security strategies they adopted this year, even in the coming year (2013) as the programme bore fruits.

"What I am trying to say here is that the calm does not mean that the killers are not out there, they are afraid due to the scaled up security. If given the chance they may kill again," he noted. He, however, called on albinos to take precautions and be cautious of strangers.

According to Mr Haule, Tanga Region has about 518 registered albinos and most of them live in villages where they require maximum security.

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