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Kidnapping of albino boy raises witchcraft fears

#1  Postby DougC » Feb 17, 2015 11:52 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31509023
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An albino toddler has been kidnapped in northern Tanzania, raising fears that he may be killed by witchdoctors.
Police say one-year-old Yohana Bahati was taken by attackers who broke in to his mother's house, striking her with a machete.
The body parts of albino people, who lack pigment in their skin, are sought after by witchdoctors in Tanzania.
The country banned witchcraft in December in an attempt to prevent attacks and kidnappings.
The boy's father, who was nearby during the attack, is being questioned, regional police chief Joseph Konyo told AFP news agency.
The men who carried out the abduction are still on the loose. "We have asked the public for co-operation to arrest the suspects," Mr Konyo said.

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#2  Postby DougC » Mar 06, 2015 9:23 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31773509
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32 witchdoctors held in anti-murder drive
Tanzanian police have arrested 32 witchdoctors in the north-western Geita region as part of efforts to halt the killings of albinos.

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On Thursday, four people were sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of an albino woman in the same area.
The government outlawed witchdoctors in January as part of a campaign to halt the killings.
Witchdoctors believe the body parts of albinos have special powers, bringing success and good luck.
Tanzania has seen 75 albino related murders since 2000, campaigners say.

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#3  Postby DougC » Mar 31, 2015 11:29 pm

B.B.C. - New film aims to tackle albino abuse in Tanzania and Malawi
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