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HAARETZ; Israel is expected to grant political asylum to 4-year-old Maiken Kaita and her parents, after determining it would be too dangerous for the albino child to return to Ivory Coast.
This is the first time Israel has granted parents asylum because of their daughter, said Attorney Maayan Nussel, who represents the family.
|Maiken Kaita with her parents in Tel Aviv Thursday.|
|Photo by: Moti Milrod|
Albinism is a life threatening condition in some African states, where it is associated with stigma and superstitions. Albinos are believed to possess special powers and their body parts and hair are used as lucky charms for health, good fortune, wealth and success.
Armed gangs in those states attack albinos, dismember them while they are still alive and sell their body parts for as much as $75,000 on the black market. Witch doctors use their fingers as talismans for wealth.
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