Photography: Human poaching & lucarative blackmarket of body parts.

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Hunted down like animals and sold by their own families for $75,000: Tanzania’s albinos hacked apart by witch doctors who believe their body parts ‘bring luck’ in sick trade ‘fuelled by the country’s elite’

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Pendo Sengerema, 15, pictured right with campaigner Vicky Ntetema, was one of three people attacked in 11 days last August

It is believed albino body parts will bring a person wealth, or luck – and for that, people are willing to pay as much as $3,000 or $4,000 for a limb, or as much as $75,000 – about £50,000 – for the ‘full set’, a whole body.

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Children and adults are kept behind high walls in special centres, hidden away from the people who want to kill and maim them.

Most of the time, limbs are taken – but the report notes there have been cases where victims were beheaded, genitals, ears, and bits of skin…

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About qualandar

I am a lawyer and social activist based in Delhi the capital of India. I report the nuances of our culture and life.
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