Category Archives: albinos

A cinematic spotlight on albinism (Tanzania)

Next, Tolulope Odeyemi, September 17, 2011

“Today I am here, I don’t know where I will be tomorrow. Maybe I will have been cut down for rituals, I just don’t know.” These were the words of Manyasi, an albino in Tanzania in the 58-minute documentary, ‘White & Black: Crimes of Color’, screened recently at the Life House, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The film is part of the campaign against the kidnap and murder of people living with albinism in Tanzania. Through its vivid display of severed body parts of albinos, ‘Black & White’ reveals the deep cruelty that exists in the hearts of men who allow fetish practices to lead them astray into evil.

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Region moves to curb extra-judicial killings (Tanzania)

1st August 2011, The Guardian

Over 240 people were killed in Shinyanga Region between January last year and June, this year, due to witchcraft beliefs and incidents related to extra-judicial killings.

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Juju and Gambian Jurisprudence

Gambia Journal, 23 February, 2010

In the surreal and magical world of Gambia’s current national affairs it seemed to be in order that Justice Joseph Wowo of the High Court in Banjul on Wednesday 3rd February, convicted and sentenced  three Gambian men to six years imprisonment each for conspiracy to overthrow the legal government of The Gambia and acquisition of criminal charms. Continue reading

In Tanzania, albinos are hunted for charms

Washington Times, Betsy Pisik, 8 Dec. 2009

Most attacks on albinos are motivated by a brisk but illegal market for magical charms and potions made with albino limbs, organs, blood or skin. The talismans are thought to bring wealth and good fortune to the wearer in many African cultures where superstition trumps science and witchcraft readily overpowers religious faith. Continue reading

Witchcraft ‘hard-wired’ into us all

UEA, 25 March 2010

A new book by one of Britain’s leading experts on the history of witchcraft argues that it is “hard-wired” into human nature and we should not be complacent about the continued potential for persecution.

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Witch-hunts then – and now

Malcolm Gaskill, The Guardian, 5 April 2010

Anyone who thinks that witchcraft belongs only to our past and imaginations should think again. Tens of thousands of people were executed as diabolists between the 15th and 18th centuries, an episode that for many signifies an age of ignorance and intolerance from which the Enlightenment saved us. There’s some truth in this. And yet much of the world still believes in witches, their supernatural powers and malevolent intentions. And all too often the accused are abused and ostracised, or tortured and killed. Continue reading

Crackdown on witchdoctors after albinos killed to harvest body parts (Tanzania)

Independent, Claire Soares, 4 April 2008

 Known as the “Zeru Zeru”, or ghosts, Tanzania’s albinos have put up with the name-calling and the stigmatisation of being “black in a white skin” for years. The unluckier ones have even been kicked out of their home by relatives who see their condition as a curse on the whole family. Now albinos in the east African nation face an altogether more deadly threat. They have become the favoured prey of traditional healers, who kill them to harvest their body parts for get-rich-quick concoctions. Continue reading