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Monday, July 27, 2009

TweetThis! Boston.com's BigPicture on Stories from Israel, Tanzania and Malaysia

Yep, we are on the spot again, not for good, but yeah, you know how that story goes.
In the past I have written about albinism (click here to read). The BBC Swahili correspondent, Vicky Ntetema, has done an extensive investigational journalism in this, to the extent of being threatened by these killers for exposing them and what they do. Vicky continue her work and she has been reporting it on her official BBC blog, her last entry was this July 21st (click here to read more). Now I am so glad to know that these unspeakable acts of brutal killings on our own people or the utter failure to protect them is getting some international attention. Perhaps this will help us take tangible measures.

We need more News companies and organisation to shame us on our lack of taking care of the vulnerable minority in the country. All we are good at is blaming it on somebody else or throwing the ball when we could very well take care of the situation. Shame on us indeed.

I have been a big fan of Boston.com's BigPicture ever since I came to know it, and for yet another episode, I give them kudos for posting this photo-story on their website. We needed somebody to shine some light into this so that the international community take this seriously and intervene. If us and the government have failed to provide shelter for these innocent people, let's learn the lesson the hard way. I wouldn't mind at all if somebody wold be taken to the International Court in The Hague. This is failure for somebody with power to take action in protecting it's own people. Shame twice on you.

The pictures you see below are a part of BigPictures's story : Stories from Israel, Tanzania and Malaysia in focus Albinos in danger in Tanzania

A teenage Tanzanian albino girl sits in the female dormitory at a government-run school for the disabled in Kabanga, in the west of the country near the town of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika June 5, 2009. The school began to take in albino children late last year after albinos were being killed in Tanzania and neighbouring Burundi by people who allegedly sell their body parts for use in witchcraft. Picture taken June 5. (REUTERS/Alex Wynter/IFRC/Handout)

Mabula, 76, crouches beside his bed January 25, 2009 in his mud-thatched bedroom in a village near Mwanza near the grave of his granddaughter, five-year-old Mariam Emmanuel, an Albino who was murdered and mutilated in an adjacent room in February of 2008 and who was buried inside the mud hut to discourage grave robbers who commonly dig up albino bones. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

his picture taken on May 28, 2009 shows human body parts including a femur and what appears to be stack of skin tissue exhibited in a courtroom during a trial of 11 Burundians accused of the murder of albinos, whose limbs have been sold to witch doctors in neighbouring Tanzania, in Ruyigi. A Burundi prosecutor, Nicodeme Gahimbare, demanded sentences ranging from one year to life in prison at a trial. Gahimbare requested life sentences for three of the 11 accused, eight of whom were in the dock over the killing of a eight-year-old girl and a man in March this year. (Esdras Ndikumana/AFP/Getty Images)

Neema Kajanja, 28, molds a pot from clay at her grandmother's home in Ukerewe, Tanzania on January 27, 2009, where she and two siblings, both albinos, curently live. Ukerewe, an island on Lake Victoria near the town of Mwanza, is a safe haven compared to other parts of Tanzania where people with albinism now live in fear for their lives as their body parts limbs, internal organs and even hair grow increasingly sought after to be sold for luck potions. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

ine-year-old Amani sits in a recreational hall at the Mitindo Primary School for the blind on January 25, 2009, where he enrolled following the murder of his sibling, five-year-old Mariam Emmanuel, an albino who was murdered and mutilated in February 2008. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Albino children play at the Mitindo Primary School for the blind on January 25, 2009. The school has become a rare sanctuary for vulnerable albino children in Tanzania. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Albino children take a break on January 25, 2009 in a recreational hall at the Mitindo Primary School for the blind, which has become a rare sanctuary for albino children.(TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

A Tanzanian Red Cross Society (TRCS) volunteer holds the hand of an albino toddler at a picnic organised by the TRCS at the government-run school for the disabled in Kabanga, in the west of the country near the town of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika June 5, 2009. (REUTERS/Alex Wynter/IFRC/Handout)

Photo credit and copyright goes to the specified individual names and/or organisations in brackets in each picture, and Boston.com's BigPicture (for collection and compilation).

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