3:40 PM EST

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL 18th

Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise today in support of House Resolution 1088.

In 2008, an undercover reporter for the BBC's Swahili Service broke the horrific story of the occult-based killings of albinos in parts of eastern Burundi and northwest Tanzania. Since that time, it has been revealed that albinos have been killed and mutilated by so-called ``hunters'' who sell their victims' body parts to unscrupulous traditional healers. The hunt is driven by the absurd belief that albinos possess mystical powers and that their body parts can be used as talismans to bring wealth

and good luck. The market itself is driven by greed. It has been reported that a complete set of body parts can fetch up to $75,000 on the black market.

To be clear, the hunting and mutilation of albinos in East Africa is by no means a common practice. The number of attacks is relatively few in terms of the broader population.

The hunting and mutilation of people simply because they look different is profoundly disturbing and requires us to condemn it. This resolution calls upon the governments in East Africa, particularly in Burundi and Tanzania, to take effective action to end these senseless attacks which constitute gross human rights violations. It also calls upon those governments, with support from international organizations and other donors, to take effective action to educate the general population with a

view toward eliminating discrimination and abuse.

I thank the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Connolly) for introducing this measure, and I encourage my colleagues to support it.

With that, Madam Speaker, I have no further requests for time, and I yield back the balance of my time.