An albino toddler was murdered and his body was discovered mutilated in the Tanzanian forest. This albino child is just one of many being kidnapped and murdered for their body parts, which are believed to offer good luck and wealth when used in a ritual, according to MSN News on Feb. 20.
The little boy was kidnapped from his mother, who was left in critical condition by the abductors, who slashed the mother with a machete. Yohana Bahati was kidnapped on February 15 by an armed gang and police believe these people cut the toddler’s arms and legs off so they could use the body parts in a witchcraft rituals.
According to Modern Ghana, the abduction of this child was brutal. Before the mutilated body of the toddler was found, authorities feared this was the fate of the child. The bandits armed with machetes stormed into the family’s kitchen slashing the mother with the large machetes and taking the albino toddler.
The toddler has two siblings, who are also albino children, but they have been put in police custody for protection. Witch doctors claim that charms made from the body parts of an albino bring good luck and wealth. They also use the body parts in rituals that promise luck.
Authorities within the Tanzanian government have placed a ban on witch doctors who do such atrocious acts, but the UN’s Human Rights Division suggests that it is the politicians driving this rise in albino deaths. This is an election year, with the election coming up in October. Politicians are looking to these witch doctors to conjure them up the good luck they need to win.
Because of this, officials believe this will be a year that will see a rise in albino deaths. In the last 10 years, 70 people who suffer with the lack of pigment in their skin, hair and eyes have been murdered in the African country of Tanzania.
According to MSN News, The UN’s human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, “has condemned the horrific murder and mutilation of Yohana Bahati” – and warned such attacks are on the increase.” A four-year-old albino girl was kidnapped in December and still has not been found today.
Alvaro Rodriguez, who is the UN coordinator for Tanzania, said: “Attacks against people with albinism can never be justified – not by culture, tradition or religion.” He continued with, “When will people in my country realize that organs of persons with albinism will never make one wealthy, successful and win elections?” He also warns that “This could be a dangerous year for people living with albinism.”