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Bamako (AFP) - Armed men abducted and beheaded a five-year-old albino girl in Mali at the weekend, police said, in what was feared to be a ritual murder for supposedly magic body parts.
Djeneba Diarra, whose family lives in Fana village 125 kilometres (78 miles) north of Bamako, "was sleeping in the courtyard with her mother and her sister" when the men snatched her at around 2:00 am on Sunday, police told AFP on Monday.
The girl's mother at first tried to pursue the kidnappers, who scaled a wall with her child, but then turned back to protect her second daughter, also an albino.
"We searched for the little girl everywhere. We found her body beside a mosque, but she had no head," said a village teacher, Oumar Diakite.
Blaming a lack of security for the killing, angry local residents on Sunday partially burned down the paramilitary police headquarters in Fana, according to several witnesses.
"We demand justice. Her head was taken. This is a ritual crime," activist Mamadou Sissoko told AFP after going to the scene.
Sissoko, the general secretary of the Federation of Associations of Persons with Albinism in West Africa (FAPAO), pointed out the link between crimes against albinos and political events, ahead of Mali's presidential election on July 29.
"Every time there are elections, we become prey for people who want to make ritual sacrifices. This is not the first time this has happened in Fana," he said. "The state needs to take up its responsibilities."
An albino legend on the international stage, Malian musician Salif Keita has for years campaigned for the protection of albinos, who are both stigmatised and hunted for ritual purposes in many African countries, including Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe as well as in West Africa.
Dozens of albinos are attacked and killed every year by people prepared to hack off their limbs to use in rituals aimed at bringing wealth, success and good fortune.
Albinism is a genetic hereditary disorder that causes a partial or total absence of pigmentation in the skin, the hair and the eyes, so that sufferers have a bleached look.
Apart from discrimination, albinos are also exposed to problems of eyesight and a heightened risk of skin cancer. In Africa, protective suntan creams are hard to find and expensive.
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Dear friends I have received heartbreaking news from MALAWI, another young man born with albinism has gone missing in suspicious circumstances. We have a reported case that a boy with albinism in Machinga nkoola is missing, chief and police have confirmed ... a search is underway.
Victim: Mark Masambuka, aged 22 from Nakawa village, traditional Authority Nkoola, Machinga district, Southern Malawi bordering Mozambique.
Date and place of incidence: 09/03/18 at Mbawa trading centre;
Circumstances: He left his home to buy a mat in company with a friend. Later he was seen outside a bar while the friend was inside. The owner of the bar has since been arrested by Police for questioning. The bar owner was found on Saturday morning with injuries over his body which raised peoples’ eyebrows. The community think that the injuries were sustained at the time they were attacking the man. The unidentified friend who was with Mark is until now at large.
Let us pray for Mark and his family, please God let us find this young man alive ❤
Josephat is jarig! Wat een feestelijke dag had moeten worden, werd het juist een verdrietige dag voor hem. Hij kreeg het bericht dat in Zuid Afrika twee kinderen met albinisme zijn vermoord. Een meisje van 13 jaar oud, en haar neefje van 1 jaar oud.... Er is iemand opgepakt. (https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/mpumalanga/police-find-two-bodies-believed-to-be-linked-to-albino-abduction-case-13412236)
Een zwangere vrouw uit Zambia, Merriam, heeft de aanval op haar leven overleefd. Maar ze gaat vanaf nu getekend door het leven. Haar arm werd op een gruwelijke wijze geamputeerd en waarschijnlijk verkocht.... (https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/albinos-near-death-ordeal/)
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