Albinism myths driving murders, child rape

“We believe there are hundreds and hundreds of killings in Tanzania, but only a small number are being reported to police,” said Peter Ash, founder of an awareness-raising group on a recent visit to Australia.

“There is [also the] belief that if you have relations with a girl with albinism, you will cure AIDS… Because of this, many girls with albinism in Tanzania are being raped.”

The African nation has more than 150,000 people with albinism who also face endemic rates of skin cancer, poor vision and social discrimination.