Young Journalist Award runner up:The Ghosts Without Pigment

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.

The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants as the top runners-up.

One of them is Roman Stanek, a Czech freelance journalist. Roman’s article is about ritual murders of Albinos in Tanzania. Albinos are targeted by traditional healers who market talismans, made from Albino body parts, as means of gaining wealth and political success.

Photo: Tito, brother of the ritually murdered Aroni Nonso.

Credit: Roman Stanek.

This article was written for the Czech magazine Reflex ( The author would like to thank the following people for their support : Iwona Frydryszak, Jirka Nemec, Katerina Cechova, Sanna Hukkanen, Sunday Ngakama, Angelina Chuma and Tanzania Albino Society in Mwanza, Milan Adamek and Pavlína Wolfová. 


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Ritually murdered albino. (Picture taken from police sources in Mwanza)
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Angelina Chuma, the human rights activist from Mwanza who is trying to help Albino community in the area. Credit: Roman Stanek
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The grave of Aroni Nonso, built of concrete in order to prevent stealings of body pieces. Credit: Roman Stanek
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The mother of the ritually murdered Aroni Nonso and his son Shadrack. Credit: Roman Stanek
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Date: 01/10/2010




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