Journal of Social and Political


ISSN 2615-3718 (Online)

ISSN 2621-5675 (Print)

Published: 16 April 2020

Lifelong Agony Among People with Albinism (PWA): Tales From Lake Zone in Tanzania

Methusela Mishael Masanja, Marko Mwita Imori, Ismail Juma Kaudunde

PO-Regional Administration and Local Government, Local Government Accounting and Finance Department

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Pages: 329-337

Keywords: Lifelong Agony, Alinism, PWA, Tanzania


A qualitative study conducted in the northern regions surrounding Lake Victoria in Tanzania, reveals that, People with Albinism (PWA) have been harshly treated for long. Mothers were required to terminate lives of their abnormally born infants (like albino infants). Besides lifelong challenges due to albinism condition, people searched for their body parts even after “being hidden” in unmarked graves after their deaths. Beliefs fuelling such ill-treatment on PWA are deep rooted and intertwined among peoples’ mind under influence of cultural beliefs existing for several decades. Proper approach should be designed for permanent solution of the long existed inhumane practices against People with Albinism.


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