In the African country of Tanzania, people with the condition of albinism are quite prevalent and common. However, they fall victim to attackers and witch doctors who consider their limbs to be magical and have magical power. They are also believed - by people in Tanzania - that the limbs of albinos bring wealth and fortune. This video explains and shows the cause of discrimination albinos face.
"African witchdoctors have been spreading the belief that albino limbs will make you rich, leading to the poaching of innocent children and adults with the skin condition in Tanzania." - Yahoo.com. Because albinos face such harsh treatment in certain African countries, towns, cities, and villages, people with the condition of albinism are being forced to seek refuge in remote areas in complexes surrounded by tall walls covered in barbed wire. However, they are still not completely safe. Due to these conditions, many of the albino children are left scared and traumatized about what could happen to them. Many witch doctors are very stuck in their ways about how albinos should be treated. Most of the witch doctors refer to albinos as ghosts, spirits, non-humans, white devils, and white demons. All of this is apart from the brutal beatings and killings many albino people face in the East African region. This video highlights many of the efforts being taken to help and support albinos, such as private schools, community centers and eye tools like glasses, telescopes, magnifiers, and sunglasses that are being provided since the eyesight of albino people is very poor and sensitive.
People with Albinism in Tanzania are at risk. Their body parts fetch high prices for witchcraft. However, a few albinos are seeking refuge in the United States. A primary reason for this is medical treatment. Many albinos are being hunted for their limbs which leaves many of the albinos without limbs. Medical treatment in Africa is scarce and when it does become available, it doesn't always produce great results. This video shows how new prosthetics are being provided to albinos that have survived attacks, but lost body parts.
In this video, certain methods that could potentially end discrimination against albinos and support them are addressed. Those methods include: - Enforcement of the laws -More investment in health services. Things like sunscreen and having hats to protect them from the sun since people with albinism are prone to skin cancer. It is also unaware to albinos that these things are needed to maintain healthiness. - The government's step-up in public education so that the stigma that albinos face disappears, which could ultimately improve community relations among all the people - not only in Tanzania - but people all across Africa.