[blindkid] FW: [Pibe-division] Fw: Killings of persons with albinism continue andspread

Carrie Gilmer carrie.gilmer at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 13:57:59 UTC 2009

Dear Mike,
It is so horrible and inconceivable as to seem it could not be real, but as
Kim and Megan have said it is real. This was brought to our attention first
last fall, and at that time I made Dr. Maurer and Vice-President Dr. Fred
Schroeder aware and it was also brought to the attention of the World Blind
Union (by Fred). I personally continue to join the efforts to call for wider
attention and the stopping of this insanity. I have forwarded here one of
the earlier posts from the pibe list FYI. Thank you so much Kim for updating
us, as horrible as it is to know.

Carrie Gilmer, President
Minnesota Organization of Parents of Blind Children
A Division of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
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From: pibe-division-bounces+carrie.gilmer=gmail.com at nfbnet.org
[mailto:pibe-division-bounces+carrie.gilmer=gmail.com at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Kaizen Program
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 7:20 PM
To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List
Subject: [Pibe-division] Fw: Killings of persons with albinism continue

From: "UnderTheSameSun.com" <petitions at underthesamesun.com>
To: <kaizen at literacyworks.org>
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 9:40 AM
Subject: Killings of persons with albinism continue and spread

You are receiving this email because you signed the petition related to
albinism in Tanzania on our website:


Thank you - we sincerely appreciate your support.

Sadly I have more disturbing news to share with you - the killings are
continuing and spreading, now beyond Tanzanian borders. Last week it was
reported by BBC World News that three more persons with albinism had been
brutally murdered - this time in the neighboring country of Burundi. One of
the victims was a teenage girl - her limbs and tongue hacked off for
eventual sale back in Tanzania. Please see the link below for the BBC news
coverage of this horrendous event:


I am encouraged to report that to date we have collected almost 4,000
petition signatures from around the world. It is likely that you have
already forwarded the Under the Same Sun website address on to some friends
and associates for them to complete the petition. For this, we sincerely
thank you!

However, on behalf of all persons with albinism in Tanzania, we need you to
do everything you can to help us get more petitions signed.

Please think again about more people to whom you can email the petition
link. Possibly you are a member of some kind of association or group? Maybe
your place of work or worship might permit an internal email to help with
this? Or perhaps you know someone who has a large email address book with
which they could reach out to yet more people. May I ask you please to take
a few moments and really focus on how you can take this life & death matter
to the next level?

And please remember that these people in Tanzania (and now Burundi and the
Congo) are EVERYONE'S brothers and sisters. So please find more people to
email - if you have albinism or low vision, I encourage you to send this
email to your friends and family who do NOT have albinism or low vision.
This is a mission to help HUMAN BEINGS who are endangered because they have
the genetic condition of albinism.

We have already received 4,000 signatures to take with us to Tanzania, but
we want 10,000. Thus, we need 6,000 more petitions to be completed. Our team
leaves for Tanzania on Sunday, October 19 - which is fast approaching - less
than two weeks away.

I thank you on behalf of our brothers and sisters with albinism who are
being HUNTED in Tanzania and now elsewhere in Africa.

Peter Ash
Founder & Director
Under the Same Sun

C Copyright Under The Same Sun
Suite 400 - 15225, 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V3R 6Y8

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