There has been an unprecedented rise in witchcraft-related killings of albino people in recent years, particularly in Africa (where else?). This is because of the mistaken belief that the body parts of albinos will bring good luck and fortune. Numerous authenticated incidents have occurred in Africa during the 21st Century, and recently in countries such as Tanzania and Burundi. Source
In Zimbabwe and also South Africa, some black savages firmly believe that having sex with an albino woman (or baby) will cure a man of HIV. This satanic ritual has led to countless rapes, and subsequent HIV infection.
There are numerous recent examples of these satanic ritual killings in Africa. Readers can simply google “albino witchcraft” and see for themselves the gruesome details. In August 2010, an 11-year-old albino girl from Swaziland was shot dead in front of her friends and then beheaded in what police believe was a ritual murder. The news article dealing with this incident also mentions that so-called ‘black magic practitioners’ have placed a high price on the heads of these victims, and as a result of this these victims also fall prey to human traffickers.
Wikipedia’s informative article on Albinism mentions a number of famous albino people, including historical figures such as Emperor Seinei of Japan, and Oxford don William Archibald Spooner; actor-comedian Victor Varnado; musicians such as Johnny and Edgar Winter, Salif Keita, Winston "King Yellowman" Foster, Brother Ali, Sivuca, Willie "Piano Red" Perryman; and fashion model Connie Chiu.
And now for the latest news from www.news24.com...
Tanzania's albino MP fears for life
Dar es Salaam - Tanzania's first elected albino member of parliament fears his life could be in danger in the east African country where albino hunters kill their victims and use their blood and body parts for witchcraft.
Salum Khalfan Barwany said he may be threatened by an unknown group that has been tracking his movements since he was elected MP for the Lindi Urban constituency in southern Tanzania in an October 31 election.
"We have received information from good samaritans that a group of five people, some of them with military training, has been secretly pursuing me since I was elected MP," the lawmaker from the opposition Civic United Front party told Reuters by phone from Dodoma, where parliament sits.
"I have reported this matter to the police in Dar es Salaam and I hope they will take the necessary action."
At least 59 albinos have been killed since 2007 in Tanzania and their body parts sold for use in witchcraft, especially in the remote northwest regions of Mwanza and Shinyanga which are both gold mining regions where superstition is rife.
Witchdoctors tell their clients that the body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business.
Hunting and killing albinos
Albinos lack pigment in their skin, eyes and hair. There are around 170 000 albinos living in Tanzania.
The killings have sullied Tanzania's reputation for relative calm in the region and been condemned by the United Nations and the European Union.
Police said they had received reports the MP could be in danger.
"We are investigating the matter. It has been officially reported to us and the MP himself came personally to the police to give us his statement," said Temeke regional police commander David Miseme.
"I'm not sure what their motive is. It could be politically related, or it may be part of those gangs that have been hunting and killing albinos," said Barwany.
"There are several opposition candidates who won parliamentary seats, but why is this happening to me?"
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete appointed an albino MP, Al-Shaymaa Kwegyir, in 2008, but Barwany is the first albino legislator to be elected.
A Canada-based rights group said albinos were still living in fear in Tanzania despite a slowdown in killings.
"There has been a lull in the attacks compared to 2007, 2008 and 2009, but persons with albinism are still not safe in Tanzania up to now," said Vicky Ntetema, executive director of Under The Same Sun, an albino rights group.
"There is one case the attackers went out of their way to give first aid treatment to a victim to stop the bleeding, so they can come back next time and harvest another limb from the same person," she said.
In November, Tanzania's high court sentenced four men to death for butchering a 50-year-old albino man.
In neighbouring Burundi, at least 11 albinos have been killed since last year. So far 13 people have been convicted, including one who received a life sentence.