BY NELSON KESSY of IPPMedia.com
In a move to curb killings of people with albinism in the society, Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish Village (TTAF) is planning to build a Tanzania albinism village in the country next year.
The centre is expecting to have the size of about 35,000 square meters and it will be allocated along Mwai Kibaki Road.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Turkish Ambassador Ali Davutoglu said that people with albinism are people like others but they are being mistreated, humiliated to the extent that they feel inferior in the society.
“In Tanzania the problem of albinism has become so chronic that it needs far greater efforts to control the situation. They are humiliated and mistreated as if they are not human beings while in other countries like Turkey they are treated like any other person,” the envoy noted.
He expressed the view that the project will strengthen the mutual relationship between the two countries as well as its people.
TTAF President Yesim Mego Davutoglo who also the wife of the ambassador said that she was influenced to establish such a project after having an opportunity to visit Shinyanga region and established how people with albinism were mistreated and exploited.
“Last year I went to Shinyanga and see how these people with albinism are exploited and experience brutal killings due to superstitious beliefs,” Yesim explained.
However, she noted that Tanzania Albinism Village will benefit not only people with albinism but also other disabled people.
“The centre will include different people with different problems such as orphans and disabled ones and they will be attending school at the centre.
They will also have an opportunity to attend vocational training after their ordinary schooling in order to be able to employ themselves and improve their living standards,” said the wife of the envoy.
Furthermore, she said massive killings of people with albinism in the country is a big problem, and that’s why she decided to establish the project.
“And I’m sure that through this project many people with albinism, disabled, and orphans will be the first beneficiaries of the project because they will learn different social and economic activities in the centre.”
She emphasized that people with albinism are human beings like others but in Tanzania we look at them differently, with stigma and brutal killings while in developed countries like Turkey they are treated equally with assessment of all basic needs in the society.
“We need to cooperate and stop killing these innocent people because it is not good killing them,” she stressed.
For his part, the IPP Executive Chairman, Dr Reginald Mengi said that he was happy with the kindly decision being made by TTAF President and the envoy, noting that people with albinism didn’t choose to be born with albinism but its was fate, an act of God.
“I am happy and I hope that the project will help to reduce the problem of killing people with albinism in the society,” Dr Mengi declared.
He further emphasized that persons with albinism are just like other persons, they have the right to live in peace and harmony without fear of being put to prejudice, urging the entire nation to cooperate to end those problems.
Meanwhile Dr Mengi has advised the Turkish government to think of pushing more investments in Tanzania especially in the renewable energy sector since it is one important sector seemingly forgotten by investors.
He cited examples of good areas for such investment as including Singida and Lindi regions, saying investing in the sub-sector will be a win-win situation.
On November 4, Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) secretary general Ziada Msembu said in an interview with this newspaper that people with albinism (PWA) want a law enacted for the establishment of a special fund to offer compensation to victims of attacks and their dependants.
Experience has shown that victims of albino killings are left to suffer without compensation even when the perpetrators are sent to jail, which is rare enough, she had lamented.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN