One day, a woman named Salma was told by her family to dress her Albino baby entirely in black and lay the little girl alone in their hut. The mother didn’t understand, but like any “good” family member she obeyed her elders. In a few hours, a group of unknown men went into the hut, machete off the child’s leg, slit her throat, poured her blood into a pot, and gulped it up.
I hate to sound like an informational, but the story of Salma’s little girl is not an uncommon one in Tanzania. The youngest victim of the heinous crime was a 7-month old. According to prominent campaigner Kwegyrir (an Albino herself), bands of killers across the country are acting as witch doctors to justify cannibalism and the selling of lucrative body parts.
Buyers from as far as the Democratic Republic of Congo believe that the legs, genitals, eyes, and hairs of people with albinism can help them achieve instant wealth. Despite the government’s moves to protect albinos, every day, at least one albino hand sells for two million shillings or $2000. If you can handle it, there’s more in the source.