Thursday, February 19, 2015

Be glad you’re not an albino in Tanzania

Good Day World!

Be glad that you’re not an albino living in Tanzania.

Because if you did, you’d be open game for witch doctors!

That’s right. Albinos of all ages are stolen from their families and hacked up to make magic spells for wealth, influence, etc.

Hard to believe that in this day and age people can be this ignorant. The practice of killing albinos for magical incantations is something out of the ancient past. Yet, it happens all too frequently today.

Tanzanian police recently 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.

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.

The United Nations resident coordinator for Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez, condemned the latest killing, warning that 2015 as an election year could be dangerous for people with albinism.

Analysts believe some politicians seek support from witch doctors or traditional healers ahead of elections to improve their luck and seek albino body parts to be used in charms.

Tanzania claims to be a civilized country, but when witch doctors kill and mutilate albinos with impunity, I question that claim. This is the 21st century.

If this tiny African nation really wants to prove their civilized, they can start with a major education campaign and witch hunt!

Efforts thus far have been anemic, and if not for outside organizations like Under The Same Sun, a Canadian non-profit working to defend albinos, their plight may never end.

The PAN AFRICA ALBINISM CONFERENCE 2015 is set for March 31st.

It’s time for me to walk on down the road…


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