Posts tagged ‘albino’

December 19, 2018

Comes in chocolate flavor, too

by allthoughtswork

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July 23, 2009

White Magic

by duncanr

A distinction is generally drawn between ‘white’ (= good, benevolent) magic and ‘black’ (= bad, malevolent) magic.

For Albino’s living in Burundi, however, it is a distinction having no meaning.

Albinism is a congenital lack in the skin, eyes and hair of melanin pigment which protects against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

In parts of Africa there is a belief that albinos’ flesh brings luck in love, life and business – a belief fostered and promoted by witch doctors. This has led to a thriving trade in albino body parts – especially in Tanzania.

The trade has now spread to neighbouring Burundi, with the small population of Albinos’s being hunted down and killed – their bodies hacked and mutilated and arms, legs, and genitalia sold to witch doctors in Tanzania.

Albino’s fearing for their lives have fled their homes and gone into hiding

Read more here . . .