Photography: Human poaching & lucarative blackmarket of body parts.


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’

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.

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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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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