I remember when I first heard about children (and adults) who have albinism being hunted down, maimed and killed, I was saddened and outraged. People with albinism have very reduced pigmentation in their skins and eyes. They also are visually impaired, some of them being legally blind, due to the lack of pigmentation. I am a teacher of students with visual impairments (as well as a mother of blind children–not from albinism) and I am familiar with albinism. I was watching a documentary about how there is a superstition in Tanzania that possessing powder from the bones of people with albinism will bring good luck. Polititians and business people will pay a great deal of money to get that powder from witch “doctors.”
The people amputating the arms and legs of their victims with machetes do not care if the victims are babies or young children. They subject their victims to all manner of torture and chop off their limbs, often leaving the children to bleed to death. The children hide inside their homes and families try to keep them out of sight. But the supersitious murderers often find them.
I would like to see the United Nations as well as individual countries and people speak out against this atrocity. In a civilized society and world, this genocide cannot continue. This genocide and maiming is happening in Tanzania as well as other East African nations.
When I posted an article about this on Facebook, one of my friends responded that this country needs Jesus. I agree, for if they knew Him, they would recognize that those with albinism are their brothers and sisters and should not be hacked to death, with limbs being sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
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