A tribe where albinos are butchered and sold

Regarded as the ‘tribe of ghosts’ or ‘the invisibles’, albinos have suffered appalling treatment at the hands of their own people who butcher them for their body parts in the disturbingly mistaken belief they will bring them better health and good fortune. Such is the threat against their lives.
Albinism is a genetic condition characterised by a deficiency of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes which protects from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

In many African nations – but most commonly inTanzania– being born an albino is a death sentence as they are butchered in the street.
Their remains are used in the macabre human potions used by traditional healers to treat the sick.
Believing it will bring them good luck and big catches, fishermen on the shores ofLake Victoriaweave albino hair into nets.
Bones are ground down and buried in the earth by miners, who believe they will be transformed into diamonds.
The genitals are also sometimes made into treatments to boost sexual potency.
It is also believed that when a HIV patient sleeps with an albino, he gets cured.
Nevertheless, misinformation abounds. Some locals believe albinos are ghosts that can’t die. Others think they were born into cursed families

And—most chillingly—witch doctors want to hack off their limbs to put in magic potions promising prosperity and healing.
A complete albino “set”—ears, tongue, nose, genitals, all four limbs—can sell for $75,000.
Albinos are mutilated when sighted and their limbs bring fortune.

A complete albino “set”—ears, tongue, nose, genitals, all four limbs—can sell for $75,000.
Albinos are mutilated when sighted and their limbs bring fortune.
Last year, attackers collecting body parts of albinos for witchcraft hacked off the hand of a seven-year-old boy, officials said.
The boy, called Mwigulu Magessa, was ambushed by the men as he walked home with his friends in Tanzania. He survived but many such victims of ignorance are not so lucky.
Just days earlier, an albino mother of four had her arm chopped off by machete-wielding men and a month before that an albino child died in Tanzania’s Tabora region after attackers hacked off his arm

In some cases, fathers have tried to murder their own children in the hope of selling them for thousands of dollars – a fortune to the average family in Tanzania.
Sometimes the parents are afraid of their children, sometimes they are forced to give up their beloved offspring because they fear the prejudices of the people in their own community.
Last year, a report on the Kabanaga Protectorate Centre in the town of Kabanagafeatured 17-year-old Angel, who was visited by her mother for the first time in four years.
When she was born her father called her ‘a gift from God’.
But his joy was not that of a new father – he wanted to butcher the girl and sell her body parts for thousands of dollars.
Angel’s mother managed to deter the father for years, but when Angel was 13 he led a group to attack her.
Angel got away, but her mother’s own parents were killed in the attack as they fought to protect their granddaughter.
But Jacquelyn says she will never escape the prejudice that follows her wherever she goes.
Ignorance about the condition is rife – there is even a belief that their mothers slept with white men for it to be passed down.
As a result, many of Tanzania’s 17,000 albinos have been hidden away by the government in Kabanaga Protectorate Centre.
According to the International Federation for the Red Cross and Crescent Societies, at least 10,000 albinos in East Africa have been displaced or have gone into hiding.
Witch doctors have made tens of thousands of dollars from selling potions and other items made from their bones, hair, and skin.
Traders sell “cures” in the market of Mgusu. In Tanzania,