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"Witchcraft" and mysterious occult beliefs have been blamed for the surge in attacks targeting albinos in Africa over the last decade, but a U.N. expert said those theories leave a lot unexplained.Ikponwosa Ero, a Nigerian who has the genetic condition that causes people to be born with very pale skin, is the first expert named by the United Nations to focus on the rights of people with albinism, including why they have been brutally maimed and murdered across Africa.Much of the violence against albinos occurred in Tanzania, where dozens have been slaughtered or severely wounded since 2006 . But attacks have also spiked in south and West African countries thousands of kilometers away from Tanzania, including Sierra Leone, where there at least 60 albinos have been murdered since 2007 .
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