Pius Kamau MD
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Published: Sunday 2 December 2012
“It is imperative to see cruelty to animals in the light of the wider human pathology of cruelty – those who will not protect animals are less likely to protect other humans.”

For years now there has been unremitting torture and killing of people with Albinism in Tanzania. Babies, children and adults have been killed and mutilated, their limbs often hacked off, and their organs cut out. The belief is that once harvested from a population with a genetic mutation - People with Albinism - the organs magically confer other humans some new powers. It is a false tale perpetuated by witch doctors in a practice that politicians and the powers that be in Tanzania turn a blind eye to. Or they in fact play an active role in a macabre trade of humans and human body parts that has been growing during these last few decades.In the past much of the evil practice was limited to remote and rural parts of Tanzania, but today human body parts are increasingly being transported farther afield - to other African destinations. An underground human trafficking and human body parts transportation has been growing into a lucrative enterprise. There have been sporadic reports of kidnappings and murder of people with albinism in East Africa, but all in all there has been very little publicity regarding this perfidious practice. Unfortunately many authorities prefer not to acknowledge that a practice as primitive, as evil and inhumane as this takes place within their country’s borders. However one regards it, people with albinism in Tanzania live in real terror everyday – they never know when the sharp machete blade will fall on their neck or some other part of their body. I recount this here because a year ago I witnessed the kidnap and disappearance of a three-year-old child with albinism. The fate of this child, certainly a victim of trans-border human trafficking, haunts me constantly, no matter how hard I try to drown and forget it.I also recount this Tanzanian tragedy to highlight yet another catastrophe that is taking place there and to a lesser extent in ...

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