impact of interventions of the Murder of People with albinism in lake Victoria a case of Shinyanga region

Peter Kisanga, Milline Jethro Mbonile


The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of interventions of the murder of persons with
albinism in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. The study was conducted in Shinyanga Region in two Districts
namely; Shinyanga and Kahama Districts. A total number of 100 respondents participated in this
study, two focus group discussions sessions were conducted, each involving 8 participants and key
informant interview was done to three traditional doctors used for capturing qualitative responses
whereas data from 52 People With Albinisms (PWAs) and 29 stakeholders of PWAs including heads of
households of PWAs, friends of PWAs, journalists, and advocacy officers were collected by using the
structured questionnaires for the collection of primary data while documentary review was applied to
collect secondary data. The study has revealed that, in Tanzania there is a high rate of murder of PWAs
principally for ritual purposes. This belief directly led to the murder of PWAs by people desperate for
success in the form of good luck and money. The core of this practice is witchdoctors. The eradication
of such killings has become very difficult and complicated process. Poverty, low quality of settlements,
absence of witchcraft law, and inadequate government readiness, to mention a few make interventions
to fail and ultimately increase the murders. The study recommends on the urgent measures to assess and
address the situation in asylums where PWAs are centered, to enact witchcraft law and provide public
awareness, strong collaboration of all stakeholders, political will, and equal access to socio economic
and political opportunities

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