It is a common belief that an Albino's body parts can bring a person wealth or luck, and people are willing to pay as much as $3,000 or $4,000 for a limb. Some people are even willing to shell out as much as $75,000 for a full set- which is a whole body.
Albinos in Tanzania are being "hunted down like animals" because greed for money is driving families to turn on their loved ones for trade, and it is allegedly being fuelled by some of the most powerful people in the country. It is a common belief that an albino's body parts can bring a person wealth or luck, and people are willing to pay as much as $3,000 or $4,000 for a limb.
Some people are even willing to shell out as much as $75,000 for a full set- which is a whole body, reports Daily Mail. People with albinism in Tanzania are regularly attacked by people; they chop their limbs off that leave them mutilated, or dead.
It is believed albino body parts will bring a person wealth, or luck - and for that, people are willing to pay as much as $3,000 or $4,000 for a limb, or as much as $75,000 - about £50,000 - for the 'full set', a whole body. https://t.co/sDjVG1cZXZ— Oba (@OlaseniOladejo) July 16, 2019
Albinism is a genetic condition that is hereditary. It causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes. According to experts, it affects one Tanzanian in 1,400, often as a result of inbreeding in remote and rural communities. In the West, only one person in 20,000 is affected by albinism. Ever since the attacks have been recorded, there have been 74 killings and 59 survivors of attacks.
Holy crap. This is so sad... if white (European, Asian and Amerindian) people did indeed originate from African albinism (which is genetic) as has been suggested---somewhat logically---and this was happening all those hundreds of thousands of years... https://t.co/EwHPnlZTQZ— Iain C. Murray-Ayers (@IainCMurray) July 16, 2019
Even the dead are not safe from thieves as 16 graves have been robbed so far for limbs. Shockingly, these are only the cases that have been recorded. The most recent one was that of four-year-old Pendo Emmanuelle Nundi who was abducted from her home in December.
Her father and uncle were both arrested in connection with her disappearance, but despite offering money as a reward for any information in exchange for her whereabouts, she has still not been found.
This is really hurt 😢😢😢 Hunted down like animals & sold by their own families for $75 000: Tanzania's Albinos hacked apart by witchdoctors who believe their body parts "Bring Luck" ...Many Albinos survive the attacks but are left without Arms & Legs...😢😢 pic.twitter.com/pjUXj5rgxl— ♡TracE♡ (@Torndie) July 16, 2019
People don't expect her to return home in one piece since they've heard enough stories from survivors to believe that her end is, or will be a brutal one. Mwigulu Matonange was just 10 when he was attacked by two men as he walked home from school with a friend.
They chopped off his left arm before they disappeared back into the jungle with their "prize". The saddest part about the attack was that Mwigulu had never seen those two men before.
A sad story of how Persons with Albinism in Tanzania are being 'hunted down like animals' as greed for money and influence drives families to turn on their own loved ones in a trade....https://t.co/4KCuBgr9cM#StopAlbinismKillings @UNHumanRights @MwauraIsaac1— ALBINISM SOCIETY OF KENYA (@AlbinismSociety) July 16, 2019
"I was held down like a goat about to be slaughtered," he said, after the attack that happened on February 2014. But the suspicion turned on four-year-old Pendo's father because he took around half-an-hour to report her abduction, even though there were neighbors who could have helped as soon as she was taken. Forget parents, even husbands mutilate their partners with no regrets.
In Mozambique, people sever the heads of bald men because they think there's gold inside their heads... In Tanzania, people cut off albinos limbs because they think they'll bring good fortunes...— AtilaTheHun (@flagelumdei) July 16, 2019
According to a UN report, a 38-year-old woman with albinism was attacked with machetes by her husband and four other men while she was sleeping in February 2013.
Their eight-year-old daughter witnessed the horrific act as her father left the bedroom carrying her mother's arm. People with albinism in Tanzania fear being attacked at all times because people can make some money out of it easily, which is much more than the daily wages they get anyway. They feel that they're not safe, even within their own family.
"Now we can see the parents who are involved in planning the attacks. What kind of war are we fighting if parents and family do this? Who can we trust?" Josephat Torner, who campaigns for albino rights, asked.
"You do not know who is your enemy." Josephat, who himself is albino, added, "People with the albinism are being hunted and killed for our body parts. It is because people want to become rich."
"We are still living in danger. It is because people, they have different ideas. Some people, they are thinking they should get our body parts and sell to different places. The question is, why? Why now? And who is behind the killings?" But that question seems to have no answer. Josephat has received death threats for the work he does, and he was attacked in 2012 for being an albino.
"The big fishes are behind the issue. It has been really a big discussion. If I say big fish or big people, it is those who have enough resources, enough money. People sell these body parts for high prices. So it is not really small fish behind it. It could be politicians. It could be those people."
But whoever is behind this is clearly powerful. So far, only 10 people have been brought to trial for their part in albino attacks or murders - but not one of them was a 'buyer'.