Tanzanian With Albinism Gets New Arms Page 1 of 4 Tanzanian Woman With Albinism Gets New Arms Specialist Builds Prosthetic Limbs for Mariamu Staford Who Has Albinism; Was Target of Brutal Attack By JOSEPH DIAZ FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 27, 2010 — On a cold winter evening, a soft-spoken, 28-year-old single mother from rural Tanzania stepped off a plane at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C., with high hopes. The goal of her trip: a shot at life. It was 28-year-old Mariamu Staford's first time outside of Tanzania; but as she approached customs, an agent wouldn't let her through, claiming she refused to be fingerprinted. It wasn't that she wouldn't, but that she couldn't. A year ago, both of Staford's arms were chopped off -- part of a brutal campaign of death in her native country. Men armed with machetes stormed Staford's hut while she was sleeping, she told ABC News, and began cutting at her arms in a gruesome attempt to amputate them. Click here to find out how to help Tanzanians with albinism Persons with albinism, like Staford, are being hunted down and murdered; their bodies sold on the black market and used in witchdoctor potions, all because of a superstitious belief that the limbs of albinos possess special powers. Nearly 60 albinos have been murdered in the last three years. The attack rendered Staford an invalid. Unable to feed or clothe herself, or care for her young son, she yearned for independence. "I'm a grown person, but I can't do anything," she told "20/20." "I used to be able to rely on myself, but now my mother must tend to my every need." Staford thought her future was bleak. After meeting her last year, "20/20" helped mobilize a group of volunteers, who affectionately became known as "Team Mariamu," to bring Staford to the U.S. Leading the team was Vicky Ntetema, a Tanzanian journalistturned-advocate, who bravely first exposed Staford's tragedy. Eventually, a customs manager, who saw "20/20's" initial report about the grotesque http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=11488029 9/18/2010

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