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African Albino Body Parts for Witchcraft

African Albino Body Parts for Witchcraft


Albino in Africa

In Africa selling albino body parts is a money making business.



Selling African Albino Body Parts in Africa


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African albinos are killed, dismembered and graves robbed because charms made from albino body parts are believed to bring good luck, fortune, and money.



In Tanzania persons with albinism, PWA are facing the daily horror of a rapidly growing industry in the sale of albino body parts.
Tanzanian mother and her albino child
Albinism is genetically inherited resulting in a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin, and eyes. Albinos or Persons with albinism (PWA) are extremely sensitive to sun exposure and bright light, and some are visually impaired. 


Throughout Africa, albinism is much more widespread than the rest of the world. Tanzania has one of the largest populations of people with Albinism in the world with an estimated 170,000. In the heart of Lake Victoria, Ukerewe Island is home to a large community of people with albinism.



Albino people are born with low vision, due to the lack of pigmentation in their eyes. People with Albinism have the highest risk of getting skin cancer and is their biggest killer. The sun is extremely damaging for their skin, with the average life expectancy of 30 years.


In Tanzania, PWA are facing the daily horror of a rapidly growing industry in the sale of albino body parts. More than 70 PWA’s have been killed since 2000. In Tanzania, PWA’s are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity. People with Albinism are targeted for their legs, hands, fingers, heads, and genitals.  



There is a great black market demand for the body parts of albino people selling for around $600 US dollars according to 3news. On 1-1-15 Police in Tanzania arrested four people over the kidnapping of an albino girl from her home in the Mwanza region of Tanzania; her father is accused of orchestrating the offense.


In the heart of Lake Victoria, Ukerewe Island is home to a large community of people with albinism.
Tanzania's Ukerewe Island
The film In the Shadow of the Sun tells the story of two men with albinism pursuing their dreams in the face of prejudice and fear in Tanzania. The film follows their lives before and during an outbreak of brutal ritual killings that sweep across the country. Josephat lives in Dar Es Salaam with his wife Sabella and their two children and has spent his life as an albino rights campaigner fighting the discrimination that he comes up against each day. 


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