The government of Mozambique on September 1 set up a multi-sector working group led by the Ministry of Justice, and Constitutional and Religious Affairs to propose measures to protect the country’s albino citizens who have recently come under attack from criminal gangs.
Mozambique has recently experienced attacks against albinos mostly in the northern province of Nampula. In countries such as Tanzania and Burundi, albinos have been abducted and murdered tocrop their body parts for use in magic rituals as superstitions claim that there are magical powers about albinism. This gross practice have crossed the border from Tanzania into northern Mozambique.
Albinism is a genetic disorder caused by the absence from the body of the enzyme tyrosinase, which is involved in the production of melanin, the substance responsible for skin pigments, the pigment that protects the skin against the ultra-violet rays of the sun.
In 2009, a group of albinos in Maputo, the Mozambican capital formally launched an organisation, Association in Defence of Our Rights (ADODS), to defend their rights and promote awareness of this genetic disorder.
Setting up laws by the government, creating civil awareness and debunking superstitious claims about albinism while punishing attackers of albinos will stop or minimize attackers on albinos.