Albino body parts trade continues in Tanzania
A one year old Albino was found dead and horribly mutilated in Tanzania. East African witch-doctors make talismans out of Albino body parts. The problem is particularly bad in Tanzania, where many Albinos have been forced to live in protected enclaves. Sometime the victims are kidnapped. Some are sold to witch-doctors by family members. Some of the victims are killed, many more simply have their hands and/or feet cut off.
About 1 in 3,000 in Tanzania is born with albinism.
Tanzanian police said on Wednesday they had found the mutilated body of a one-year-old albino boy whose abduction renewed calls for tougher action to stop the killing of albinos for their body parts, prized in black magic.
An armed gang snatched Yohana Bahati from his mother at their home in northwestern Tanzania’s Geita region on Sunday, a month after the government announced a nationwide ban on witch doctors, who are accused of encouraging attacks on albinos.
He was the second albino child in two months to be abducted in the Lake zone of Tanzania. A four-year-old girl who was kidnapped in December is still missing.
More than 70 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, have been murdered in the east African nation in the past decade, according to U.N. figures, many hacked to death and body parts removed to make charms and spells that witch doctors claim bring good luck and wealth.