Skeptic News: Albino boy, 7, has hand hacked off by Tanzanian witchcraft group

tumblr_m6nk6toyCf1ql0la2o1_400From: NY Daily news

The latest attack on an albino child saw his arm hacked off by a violent gang of attackers.

A 7-year-old albino boy from Tanzania had his hand hacked off by attackers collecting body parts for witchcraft, according to authorities. Mwigulu Magessa was attacked by a gang of three men as he walked home with friends on Saturday. The trio pinned the terrified boy down onto the floor and used a machete to chop off his hand.

Apolinary Macheta, local government leader in Tanzania’s southwestern Milepa district, said, “The boy was attacked by three people as he walked home with his four school friends.” He added that he was taken to hospital, where he is now recovering. The vicious assault is the latest in a long line of attacks on albinos – whose body parts are believed to act as charms bringing good fortune and prosperity.

Some of those body parts can fetch thousands of dollars on the black market


Albinism (from Latin albus, meaning “white”) is a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. It is an inherited condition resulting from the combination of recessive alleles passed from both parents of an individual. The killing and mutilation of albinos is fuelled by superstitious and traditional beliefs.

Freethought Kampala has more information on the trend of these horrific killings.

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