Tanzania: Albinos’ Stolen Childhood

Jul 12, 2023 | Lifestyle, People, Videos

In Tanzania, a country in East Africa, hundreds of albino children have been locked up in special schools since 2008. This is due to the long-held belief that albinos possess mystical powers that can be harnessed through their body parts. Until recently, this superstition has caused considerable danger for those with albinism and led to a spate of kidnappings and murders.

The Tanzanian government has made an effort to protect its citizens by placing the albino children in secure facilities. While this has provided some measure of safety, it has also been criticized as overly restrictive and isolating for the affected individuals.

This issue was recently documented in the documentary “Locked Away: The Children of Tanzania” which follows the lives of four albino children living in these special schools and highlights their struggles with discrimination and bullying. It also paints a picture of despair for those who are unable to receive proper educational opportunities due to their circumstances.

The documentary shines a light on these injustices and provides an intimate glimpse into the realities facing these kids. It’s a powerful reminder that even though our society continues to make progress towards equality, there is still much work that needs to be done around the world to protect vulnerable populations from harm. We should all take the time to watch this compelling film and better understand what’s happening in Tanzania today.

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