Albinos Killed in Burundi for Belief That ‘Good Luck’ is Brought by Body Parts

Albino Boy

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Tom Odula writes on the AP:

Attackers in Burundi chopped off the limbs of a 5-year-old albino boy and pulled out his mother’s eye, killing them over the belief that their body parts would bring wealth and success, human rights activists said Friday.

Those deaths and other recent attacks in Tanzania are part of long pattern of violence against African albinos. At least 10,000 have been displaced or gone into hiding since attacks against them spiked in late 2007, the International Federation of the Red Cross says.

Since then, 57 albinos have been killed in Tanzania and 14 in Burundi, said Vicky Ntetema with the rights group Under The Same Sun.

The killings are fueled by superstitious beliefs that human albino body parts will bring others wealth and success, Ntetema said.

“Body parts are sought for their supposed miraculous powers,” she said. “Some use them as human sacrifice as advised by witch doctors.”

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5 Comments on "Albinos Killed in Burundi for Belief That ‘Good Luck’ is Brought by Body Parts"

  1. Isnt it wonderful that our world is filled with such intelligent humans?

  2. these peeps have seen District 9 one too many times…

  3. Reminds me of the joke about the lucky rabbits foot, that wasn't very lucky for the rabbit. Sorry.

  4. Seems a bit grotesque to me to decide you need luck more than another person needs their life.

  5. justagirl | May 12, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    what a bunch of filthy animals. i say boil the witch doctors in a ceremonial stew.

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