Albinos Killed for Body Parts-Tanzania

Roaming the internet can be an eye opener. A jaw dropper. Imagine. All the horrors in the world and all the ignorance that fuels it.
Albinos in Kenya and Tanzania are killed for their body parts. Bodies, already buried are dug up and dismembered to make potions for those desiring to get rich.


Mluge is an albino, and in Tanzania there is a price for his pinkish skin now.

“I feel like I am being hunted,” he said.

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. They stand out, often the lone white face in a black crowd, a result of a genetic condition that impairs normal skin pigmentation and strikes about one in 3,000 people here. Tanzanian officials say witch doctors are now marketing albino skin, bones and hair as ingredients in potions that are promised to make people rich.

In other news in Kenya, authorities sought the execution style murderers of of two human rights advocates:


Oscar Kamau Kingara was the head of the Oscar Foundation, which had released a report on extrajudicial killings and the disappearance of thousands of Kenyans in police custody. John Paul Oulu was the foundation’s communications and advocacy director. They were killed on their way to meet with a senior member of Kenya’s top human rights group.


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