Through The Static

June 7, 2008

Albinos Hunted in Tanzania

Filed under: Health,Miss Cleo,World News,WTF — disciplepete @ 11:28 am

In Tanzania, albinos are being hunted and killed because people think that stealing their body parts will make them rich. As Bill O’Reilly said in his tantrum, “Fucking thing sucks!!” NYT:

Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania it has taken a wicked twist: at least 19 albinos, including children, have been killed and mutilated in the past year, victims of what Tanzanian officials say is a growing criminal trade in albino body parts.

Many people in Tanzania – and across Africa, for that matter – believe albinos have magical powers…Tanzanian officials say witch doctors are now marketing albino skin, bones and hair as ingredients in potions that are promised to make people rich.

 

As the threats have increased, the Tanzanian government has mobilized to protect its albino population, an already beleaguered group whose members are often shunned as outcasts and die of skin cancer before they reach 30…

…Police officials said the albino killings were worst in rural areas, where people tend to be less educated and more superstitious

Police officials are at a loss to explain precisely why there is a wave of albino killings now. Commissioner Paul Chagonja said an influx of Nigerian movies, which play up witchcraft, might have something to do with it, along with rising food prices that were making people more desperate.

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