South African albino family reveal daily struggle against persecution by ‘healers’ who claim condition is a ‘curse’

AN albino family in South Africa have revealed how they are living in fear after a spate of  gruesome murders of kids with their condition.

The Tyongose family have albinism and dad Themba, 54, says while it is comparatively safe for people with the condition in the country they are still badly discriminated against.

The Tyongose family like other albinos face discrimination
The Tyongose family like other albinos face discrimination
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Mr Tyongose lives with wife Nokwanda, 35, and their three kids Abongile, 15, Siphosethu, nine and seven-year-old Linamandla in a township, reports Mail Online.

He said: “I live a happy life in Cape Town because people here are more welcoming than other African countries, especially with the stories we hear from places like Tanzania.”

But he adds that people with albinism receive very little help from the South African authorities.

And believes “there is more to be done by government” after a spate of horrifying attacks on albinos.

Siphosethu, nine, has red hair and pale skin as the result of the condition
Siphosethu, nine, has red hair and pale skin as the result of the condition
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Siphosethu and Linamandla play with a rugby ball outside the family's house
Siphosethu and Linamandla play with a rugby ball outside the family’s house
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Mr Tyongose said: ”For example if a child is born with albinism in a labour ward, nobody gives advice on what is supposed to be done.  

“The only thing the midwife asks is ‘who else in the family looks like you’.”

The Tyongose family were talking to mark Albinism Awareness Month in South Africa.

The family pose for the camera as part of the awareness month
The family pose for the camera as part of the awareness month
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Nokwanda, 35, outside the family home near Cape Town
Nokwanda, 35, outside the family home near Cape Town

In recent years there have been a number of murders of people with the condition in the country.

In early 2018, a 15-month old baby and a 13-year-old girl – both with albinism – were kidnapped and slaughtered by “healers” in the eastern South African province of Mpumalanga.

It is thought this was done to meet East Africa’s horrifying market for albino body parts often used in witchcraft ceremonies in central and eastern Africa.


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