I was going through my twitter timeline this evening when I came across something really disturbing. Someone had posted an article from The Big Picture (which is a fantastic website!) about the horrific superstitious killings of albino adults and children in Tanzania and surrounding areas.
These people are being hunted down and mutilated so people can wear their body parts around their necks for good luck and fortune. Witch doctors buy the albino organs off the hunters, in particular their genitals, limbs, breasts, fingers and tongue for a lot of money. These body parts are made into potions and charms, and the popularity of this has seen an increase in attacks and albino murders around Tanzania.
The area is not only known for killing albinos, but anyone who is believed to be a witch or wizard. Just a rumor can trigger an angry mob to kill a suspect of witchcraft. So, killings associated with superstition are not new in the country especially in rural areas. Albinos are seen as ‘ghost like’ and therefore there have been reports that graves of albinos have been dug up in the middle of the night in search for these ‘magical’ organs.
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 1 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.
Here are some beautiful pictures taken by The Big Picture of the terrifying lifestyle of an Albino living in Tanzania.
For more information: The ABC News:Journey to Tanzania: Reporter Exposes Epidemic of Albino Killings
Some BEAUTIFUL pictures of albinism from all over the world.