Tanzanian albino children get new limbs


Four Tanzanian children with albinism have received prosthetic limbs in the United States after losing parts of their bodies in superstitious attacks in the East African nation.

The Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia gave the kids new limbs to help them do everyday tasks

The eldest of the children at 15 years, Emmanuel Rutema has gone through a tragic experience of watching attackers chop off one of his arms and fingers of the other as well as trying to pull out his tongue and teeth. He now bears the scars which have affected his ability to speak.

The other two kids, Braka Lusambo 7 years and Mwigulu Magesa who is 14 years lost their limbs in similar ritualistic attacks.

The children first visited the hospital two years ago and have returned for larger limbs because they are growing.

Albinos in Tanzania are living in fear due to the occasional attacks based on the use of their body parts in witchcraft and body parts fetching a high price.

Tanzania has around 1400 people living with albinism, which is a skin condition that comes from lack of pigment in skin, hair and eyes. There are over 20,000 people worldwide affected with the disorder.

United Nations officials estimate at least 75 albinos were killed in the east African nation between 2000 and 2015, but fear the number of reported attacks represent just a small fraction of the total, as most are secretive rituals in rural areas.