Albinos, Witch Doctors, and Body Parts

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Albinos, Witch Doctors, and Body Parts

 While this sounds like quite a plot from a Grade B horror film, it is actually true. 

 

www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31849531

 

 

Tanzania albino murders: 'More than 200 witchdoctors' arrested

 

More than 200 witchdoctors and traditional healers have been arrested in Tanzania in a crackdown on the murder of albino people.

The killings have been driven by the belief - advanced by some witchdoctors - that the body parts have properties that confer wealth and good luck.

President Jakaya Kikwete has described the murder of albino people as an "evil" that has shamed Tanzania.

Nearly 80 albino Tanzanians have been killed since 2000, the UN says.

The latest victims include a one-year-old albino boy, killed in north-western Tanzania a few weeks ago.

The government banned witchdoctors in January as part of its efforts to prevent further attacks and kidnappings targeting people with albinism.

Lizard skin and warthog teeth

Last week, 32 witchdoctors were detained.

Tanzanian police arrested 225 unlicensed traditional healers and soothsayers across the country, the AFP news agency reports.

"Some of those arrested were found in possession of items like lizard skin, warthog teeth, ostrich eggs, monkey tails, bird claws, mule tails and lion skin," police spokesperson Advera Bulimba told the agency.

Albinism is particularly prevalent in Tanzania with one in 1,400 affected, according to a 2006 BMC Public Health report. This compares with one in 20,000 in Western countries.

 

 

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 But religion never hurts

 But religion never hurts anyone. If you call it a soothsayer or witchdoctor, instead of a preist or Rabbi or Monk or Imam that makes all the difference. We must never face the fact it is merely nothing but human gullibility that alows others to lead them off a cliff. As long as you consider the other guy full of shit you can justify ignoring your own shit. 

Don't question religion because someone might get their feelings hurt. Who cares the real damage are the victims. 

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^ Brian making shit up again.

^ Brian making shit up again.

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Brian37 wrote: We must never

Brian37 wrote:

We must never face the fact it is merely nothing but human gullibility that alows others to lead them off a cliff.

Vastet wrote:
^ Brian making shit up again.

I love the "We must never face the fact it is merely nothing but human gullibility that allows others to lead them off a cliff". I originally ignored the thread but since you replied I had to point it out. So we should never face the truth about religion and we should all jump off a cliff if the religious leaders tell us to?


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I think that was a sarcastic

I think that was a sarcastic post.

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It was, but it also carried

It was, but it also carried with it the implication that the atheists frequenting this site roll over for religion, which is patently ridiculous and had to be pointed out as such.

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