1 out of every 40 people in Tanzania are HIV+. Ritualistic black magic beliefs in that country have citizens convinced that HIV and AIDS can be cured by raping and murdering albino people.
“We believe there are hundreds and hundreds of killings in Tanzania, but only a small number are being reported to the police,” Peter Ash, founder and director of Under The Same Sun (UTSS), told Reuters. “There is belief that if you have relations with a girl with albinism, you will cure AIDS. So there are many girls with albinism who are being raped in this country because of this belief, which is a false belief.”
Many albino people are believed to have been killed for this reason in Tanzania and at least 63 albinos, including children, are proven to have been killed so far.
The Tanzanian government claims they want the killings to stop, but they have been globally criticized for almost total inaction.