For Africa’s hunted albino children, new limbs and new hope

Baraka Lusambo, 5, of Tanzania reaches to touch Monica Watson, with the Global Medical Relief Fund, during a fitting for a prosthetic limb at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Witch doctors in Tanzania often lead brutal attacks to use albino body parts in potions they claim bring riches. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Tanzanian albino toddler seized in feared witchcraft attack

Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, affecting one Tanzanian in 1,400, often as a result of inbreeding (AFP Photo/Tony Karumba)

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Acid thrown on two British women in Zanzibar

Two British 18-year-old women were the targets of an acid attack by men riding a motorcycle on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar late on Wednesday night, police said.

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Kirstie Trup (left) and Katie Gee were the targets of an acid attack by men riding a motorcycle on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar Photo: Barcroft


Kirstie Trup, from Hampstead, north London, and Katie Gee both suffered injuries to their faces, chests and hands, and were transferred to a hospital on the Tanzanian mainland where their injuries were described as “mild”.

They were in the final week of their trip, working as volunteers at a charity art programme on the island, a popular tourist destination famous for its white-sand beaches and spice plantations.

They were attacked as they walked in Stone Town, the island’s capital, on Wednesday evening at a time when the streets were deserted as locals broke their Ramadan fast.

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Tanzania church hit by deadly explosion

An explosion at a crowded church in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha has killed at least three people, a local priest has told the BBC.

Wounded churchgoers lie on the ground as Catholic nuns run for cover after the blast in Arusha (5 May 2013) Dozens of worshippers were injured in the explosion in the Catholic church


More than 50 others were injured in the blast. Police say they believe it was caused by a bomb.

The explosion occurred at the official opening of the new Roman Catholic church in the suburb of Olasiti.

The Vatican’s ambassador to Tanzania and the archbishop of Arusha were attending, but were not hurt.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident, police say.

An eyewitnesses told AFP news agency: “There was a stampede, people running in all directions, walking on each other, children were screaming and women crying.”

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe said in Twitter message he was “greatly shocked” by the attack.

Tanzania has seen a rise in sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in recent times.

Last month, police in southern Tanzania used teargas to disperse about 200 Christian rioters attempting to torch a mosque over an animal slaughtering conflict.

In February, a Catholic priest was shot in the head on the largely Muslim island of Zanzibar.


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Tanzania: Dar es Salaam building collapse ‘traps dozens’

the collapsed building Some people in the rubble have reportedly been calling for help

At least three people have been killed and dozens more are trapped after a multi-storey building collapsed in the centre of the main Tanzanian city, Dar es Salaam, rescue workers say.

Thirteen people have been pulled out of the ruins alive, officials say.

Some 45 people, including construction workers, residents and children from a Koranic school, are missing.

The BBC’s Hassan Mhelela says the 12-floor building under construction is now a “huge pile of chaos”.


“I thought there was an earthquake and then I heard screaming. The whole building fell on itself,” eyewitness Musa Mohamed told the AFP news agency.

Our reporter says a huge crane is pulling out a mass of iron bars to get access to the centre of the building, where some people are thought to be still alive.

Trapped victims are said to have been making phone calls to friends and relatives.

Bulldozers are also being used to move the rubble, our reporter says.

He says there are large crowds of onlookers, as well as rescue workers and armed police officers at the scene.

The collapsed building was near a mosque, as well as other residential and commercial properties in central Dar es Salaam.


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