Tanzanian Albino Boy Found Mutilated

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In Tanzania, Albinos are generally attacked and killed as witchdoctors pay for their body parts.

An albino toddler missing since Sunday has been found dead in northern Tanzania with all his limbs hacked off.

Yohana Bahati, aged one, was snatched from the house of his mother, who was cut with a machete. His body was found a few miles away. Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

Albinos

At least 74 albino children have been killed this century in Tanzania, where some witchdoctors use albino body parts to make their charms.

Last month the Tanzanian government placed a ban on all witchdoctors in the country. The ban is part of a nationwide operation to clamp down on attacks on people living with albinism.

The UN has condemned the attack and warned that 2015 could be a “dangerous year” for albinos. It fears that the forthcoming general and presidential elections will cause some candidates to turn to influential witchdoctors for help.

Witchdoctors are prepared to pay $75,000 (£50,000) for a complete set of albino body parts according to the Red Cross.

Albino

Albinism is particularly prevalent in Tanzania with one in 1,400 affected according to a 2006 BMC Public Health report. This compares with one in 20,000 in Western countries. The higher rate is thought to be due to inbreeding.

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  1. I feel sad and very concerned about this kind of behavior by witch doctors, which I consider their action to be criminal, and they should be arrested and punished. Thank God their names are not Islamic names so that those hateful groups do not try to accuse Islam or the Prophet of having ever recommended this practice. When I was growing up in my little town of Burin in the West Bank, Palestine at the outskirts of Mt. Gerizim, the so-called blessed mountain mentioned in the Bible, I had a neighbor who was a girl and albino. We used to be very curious why she could not expose herself to the sun. When she used to go to bring water in a bucket on her head from the center of town, she always used to put her hand above her eyes to protect herself from the light and the sun, as if it was hurting her. She was highly respected by all of the neighbors, and her family and relatives were very kind and respectful. Unfortunately, there are some bad habits in Africa, which include female genital mutilation, known as female circumcision, which is found in some African and Arab countries in Africa, which is a traditional habit and nothing to do with the Islamic Shariah, no matter what those hateful groups, or for political reasons, will try to say otherwise. As a medical doctor, I practiced medicine in the Middle East for many years, and I did my PhD thesis about the Palestinian refugees in the 70’s, entitled Sanitary and Social Problems of Palestinian Refugees in the Arab Countries. I never came across any female in my research, being Muslim or non-Muslim, who had this mutilation. I know for sure this practice was condemned by Islamic scholars. In some countries, not only do they ban this practice, but also those who perform the practice on little girls are subject to criminal charges. I just wanted to clear this as a physician who has been practicing in the U.S. for almost forty years.

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