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Madame Al-Shaymaa J. Kwegyir (right) visits a man with albinism at the general hospital in Dar es Salaam. The most common physical problems are skin diseases due to overexposure to the sun. Kwegyir is Tanzania's first albino Member of Parliament. The nomination of an albino MP is a first step in the fight against the widespread belief that albinism is the result of a curse. Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania albinos have been killed and mutilated, victims of a growing criminal trade in albino body parts fuelled by superstition and greed. Limbs, skin, hair, genitals and blood are believed by witch doctors to bring good luck, and are sold to clients for large sums of money, carrying with them the promise of instant wealth.