Albino boy kidnapped from his bedroom
BBC Africa, Maputo
A 10-year-old albino boy has been abducted from his home in northern Mozambique.
People with albinism in Mozambique are often hunted down because of the belief that potions made from their body parts can bring good luck and wealth.
Pires Ernesto said his son was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday morning, while he was on a night shift.
The kidnappers dug a hole in the wall of his house in the city of Lichinga in Niassa province and went straight to the bedroom, where his four children were sleeping.
Only his albino son was taken away, he said.
Niassa police spokesperson Alves Mate said the matter was under investigation and officers were being helped by the National Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic).
The Mozambique government has a legal obligation under imternational human rights law to ensure that its citizens have access to reliableinformation to protect their own health and the health of others (http://www.hifa.org/about-hifa/hifa-universal-health-coverage-and-human-...). This includes measures to counteract harmful traditional beliefs, such as the belief that the body parts of albino children bring good luck and wealth.
What is the Mozambique government doing to stop these murders? What more should it be doing?
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