Video + Photos: They hunt us like animal’: The plight of Tanzania’s albinos

0

Hunted down like animals and sold by their own families for $75,000: Tanzania’s albinos hacked apart by witchdoctors who believe their body parts ‘bring luck’ in sick trade ‘fuelled by the country’s elite’

Tanzania’s albinos are being ‘hunted down like animals’ as greed for money and influence drives families to turn on their own loved ones in a trade allegedly fuelled by some of the country’s most powerful people.

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.

People with albinism are regularly attacked by people who chop their limbs off – an act which either leaves them severely mutilated, or dead.

Scroll down for video

ALBINOS: THE GHOSTS WHO CAN BRING YOU WEALTH, POWER AND LUCK
Albinos are seen as curses, or ‘ghosts’ who can be wiped off the face of the earth, in many part of Tanzania, and across Africa.
Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, albinism affects one Tanzanian in 1,400, often as a result of inbreeding in remote and rural communities, experts say.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here