Long ostracized for their lack of pigmentation–and believed to be bad omens–albinos are now fearing for their lives in Tanzania, according to the BBC.
Last year, 25 albinos were killed in Tanzania. Although the exact reasons for the killings have not been pinpointed, it is speculated that Albinos have become the target of sorcery and the occult. Most recently, a 7-month-old baby and an adult man were mutilated for their body parts, which are believed to be valuable for potions.
While albinism occurs 1 in every 20,000 people worldwide, Tanzania offers the highest rate with 4,000 albinos registered in the country and as much as 173,000 believed to be a more accurate count.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is pushing for the police to offer protection for albinos, as many are moving closer to safer, urban areas.