Police officials are at a loss to explain precisely why there is a wave of albino killings now. Commissioner Paul Chagonja said an influx of Nigerian movies, which play up witchcraft, might have something to do with it, along with rising food prices that were making people more desperate.
“These witch doctors have many strange beliefs,” he said. “There was a rumor not so long ago that if you use a bald head when fishing, you’ll get rich. There was another one that said if you spread blood on the ground in a mine, you’ll find gold. These rumors come and go. The problem is, the people who follow witch doctors don’t question them.”From the New York Times: in Tanzania albinos are now being hunted, killed, and their body parts sold as magical fetishes and medicinal aids. Damn, I never thought I would get to write that sentence .
And you know, sometimes stereotypes persist because they contain a grain of truth.
Perhaps, we should inaugurate a series of posts where we thank God above that we respectables negroes were brought to America?
And in other "how sub-Saharan Africa is so messed up that sometimes we secretly thank God that the boat dropped us off here" news:
1. Penises are being stolen in the Congo and these foul stealers of men's organs are being lynched! This story gives me some peace of mind because at least I know there is an explanation for where my penis disappeared to...
2. You know they burn witches in Kenya don't you? Well, now you do...