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Africans killing Albinos to make make magic potions.


CofCC.org News Team

Tens of thousands of the Batwa people, also known as “pygmies,” have been slaughtered in the Congo to make magical charms out of their skin over the past few decades.

Now Albinos are under attack by those who would use their body parts for magical potions.

1 in 3,000 Africans are albino. A genetic defect where there skin does not have any pigment. Most have a pinkish skin tone. In Tanzania, 19 albinos have been killed and mutilated in the past year. Their body parts are sold to witchdoctors, who use them for magical potions.

From Seattle Times…

Vumilia was like many other Africans with albinism. She had dropped out of school because of severe nearsightedness, a common problem for albinos, whose eyes develop abnormally and who often have to hold things like books or cellphones 2 inches away to see them. She could not find a job because no one would hire her. She sold peanuts in the market, making $2 a week while her delicate skin was seared by the sun.

When Vumilia’s mother, Jeme, saw the men with knives, she tried to barricade the door of their hut. But the men overpowered her and burst in.

“They cut my daughter quickly,” she said, making hacking motions with her hands.

The men sawed off Vumilia’s legs above the knee and ran away with the stumps. Vumilia died.

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