Mozambique arrests over murder of boy with albinism

By Jose Tembe

Police in Mozambique say they have arrested two people over the abduction and murder of a 12-year old boy with albinism.

People with albinism often face discrimination (Getty Images)
People with albinism often face discrimination (Getty Images)

The suspects confessed to the murder, with one of them saying that they had killed the boy “to extract his bones”. A third suspect is being sought, police said.

The 12-year-old’s body has been recovered. He was abducted from his home in the Muchelelene locality in northern Nampula province last week.

There has been a spate of killings of people with albinism in parts of southern and East Africa, with their body parts used to make charms and potions by witchdoctors.

In Mozambique, people convicted of kidnapping and killing albinos have been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison. BBC News