A charity organization serving people with albinism in Tanzania and Africa on Monday launched a new campaign aimed at using football matches to spread massages of protecting albinos from killings.

The Josephat Torner Foundation (JTF) launched the campaign in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam that will use football matches to spread messages on debunking the myth that albino body parts have magical powers to make people rich or get top political posts.

Josephat Torner, the executive director of JTF, said the campaign will involve the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), the east African nation’s leading football body.

“I believe that through football many people will receive right messages and change their perceptions that albino body parts can make them rich or get top political posts,” said Torner.

To begin with, Torner requested TFF to put posters in venues of mainland Tanzania premier league matches to show that it was fallacious to think albino body parts have magical powers.

“We believe through football, we will reach many people. We call on stakeholders to support us as albinos are normal human beings who deserve all the rights,” added Torner.

In March 2016, the government of Tanzania said 19 people were sentenced to death after being convicted of killing albinos, adding that the convicts were among 133 people arrested and charged with killing people with albinism from 2006 to 2015.

At least 75 people with albinism have been killed in Tanzania since 2006, while more than 100 people have been attacked and mutilated.

The attacks were due in large part to widespread superstition in East Africa that body parts of people with albinism carry magical powers that witch doctors claim to harness, or other beliefs that view albinos as cursed or causing bad luck. Enditem


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