Fears Persist That Violence Against Albinos in Tanzania Will Grow

Alan Cowell, New York Times, February 20, 2015

The boy was just a year old when five men with machetes snatched him from his home. Two days later, the police found his body with the arms and legs lopped off.

The reason for the atrocity? The baby’s pale skin marked him as an albino, and, where he lived in southeast Africa, albinos are at risk because their body parts are used for witchcraft. They also face discrimination and are often shunned as outcasts.

The abduction, killing and mutilation of the child, Yohana Bahati, in the Geita region of northwestern Tanzania last weekend sent a chill of revulsion across the globe.

“Violence and discrimination against people with albinism must be halted,” the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said in a statement from his office in Geneva on Thursday, calling the killing “horrific.”

But the fear persists that, with Tanzanian elections set for October, the risk to the country’s albinos will grow as politicians turn to witchcraft to enhance their prospects.

“This is the year of elections in Tanzania and, as some analysts have suggested, it could be a dangerous year for people living with albinism,” Alvaro Rodriguez, the United Nations’ ranking official in Tanzania, warned on Wednesday.

Since 2000, according to United Nations estimates, 75 albinos have been killed and the frequency of attacks on them seems to be increasing. In the past two months, three such attacks have been reported. In December, a 4-year-old girl, Pendo Emmanuelle Nundi, was taken by an armed gang. She has not yet been found.

Witch doctors will pay as much as $75,000 for a complete set of albino body parts, according to a recent report from the Red Cross.


Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition that causes an absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes and is often linked by researchers to inbreeding. It is particularly prevalent in Tanzania, affecting one person in 1,400, compared with one in 20,000 in the West.


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  • dd121

    The liberals keep telling us they’re just like you and I. Nothing to worry about.

    • propagandaoftruth

      They’re the most wonderful people in the world.

      • LHathaway

        They’re better than us. Each one a noble victim. Born a blank slate; pristine. Morally superior to Whites, only disaffected by our horrible legacy of colonialism. White men, on the other hand, are tainted by original sin. They must be watched, educated about, legislated against and constrained.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Nothing that ever happens in sub-Saharan Africa ever surprises me.

          Some things that could happen, would surprise me, but nothing that really happens ever surprises or shocks or befuddles me one iota.

          • LHathaway

            If you want gruesome news, you’d be better off paying closer attention to what happens in America.

    • LHathaway

      They are just like you and I, if you’re a black African American.


  • MekongDelta69

    This is the Tanzanian version of the Knockout ‘Game’.

    • Gunter Mabuse

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. That is so freaking wrong, but so freaking hilarious.

  • Luca

    Oh the wonders of African medical advances.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Interesting how the media howls about 75 black albinos being killed but rarely mentions the thousands of slaughtered White South Africans.

    • Susannah

      Disgusting and outrageous. In reality, many in the media most likely view the White slaughter as justified payback.

  • superlloyd

    These people are not part of the modern world. They were better off under colonialism.

    • Nancy

      Even Obongo’s Kenyan brother admitted as much. He was interviewed in D’Souza’s movie “2016”, and on camera he agreed that colonialism ended too soon. I believe, if I remember correctly, that he compared Kenya to Singapore: the Africans were running around, Mau Mau-ing and acting like savages, while Singapore stayed under colonial rule until 1965. (Of course, difference in average IQ of the two populations has a big influence on the difference in prosperity as well, but it was still fun to watch ol’ Barry’s brother giving colonial rule a thumb’s up.)

      I’d have loved to see Obongo’s face when he heard his “brother” speaking positively about “evil European imperialism” which he spent his whole life trying to disparage. I’m guessing they don’t exchange Christmas cards so much these days.

  • JohnEngelman

    European rule of sub Saharan Africa ended centuries too soon.

    • LHathaway

      lol, Centuries? I was just watching a video on Youtube shot in Ethiopia. There were constant traffic jams on one of the streets, downtown.

    • Irish

      We should never have bothered..We might have been saved of so much of our troubles today.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Indianapolis alone had 143 homicides last year (a few were white on white). The (most likely) inbreds killed their homies at a pretty fair rate last year. These attacks are par for the course in Africa.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition … often linked by researchers to inbreeding.


    If these savages stopped having sex with their relatives it wouldn’t be a problem for them.

    • John Smith

      There’s a joke I’ve heard about how to tell if a black girl is a virgin – ask if she lives with her father or has any brothers.

    • Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of albinism in the world: about one in 5000. It is four times less frequent in whites, at one in 20,000. In some parts of Tanzania, the rate is one in 1000.

      I guess this means they’re not going to run out anytime soon, as they’ve only been grabbing five a year (75 albinos in 15 years). This is what conservationists call a “sustainable harvest”.

      • SentryattheGate

        Who do the voodoo dat dey do?

  • John Smith

    Hating YT goes well beyond colonialism, apparently.

  • bilderbuster

    Where does the which doctor get $75,000 to buy albino parts and who can afford such expensive “magic”?

    • Rhialto

      It’s called entrepreneurialship. For example: He or she saved up $100 and bought an albino finger; cut it into 3 parts; dipped in a magicalish potion, and sold it for 3x$150. Then he or she borrowed $1000 from a UN small business loan agency, and bought a hand with 2 fingers and thumb, selling them for $5000, after dipping. By repeating this process with ever larger body parts, he or she is now able to purchase a complete Albino.

      This is a perfect example of the fine work ethic found among Africans, as well as the great success that many Africans have achieved, in spite of Racism.

      • bilderbuster

        Like putting cut in the dope yo!

      • Some of them do some nice work. This is a photo of a Tanzanian fishing spear. I’ll bet it does crocodiles a real treat as well.

    • Irish

      In Tanzania no less!…I watched a episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show last year on that country. What use to be a fairly prosperous colonial state with lots of White tourism is now a independent hell hole..Of course you can say that about all of The Motherland.

      • Blechh… I like seeing the new and relatively exotic foods he samples, but it’s so incredibly difficult to watch him go anywhere third world, as he transforms from a reasonably interesting and intelligent individual, to the most pathetic scum sucking “oh look at the majestic cultures, if only we whites were as in tune with nature as them, we too could bathe in cow urine!” Liberal i’ve ever had the displeasure to witness.

        Was that the episode with the fermented cow’s blood? I actually think that was when i stopped watching his show, the groveling and preaching just wasn’t worth it.

        • Irish

          Well no doubt he is a liberal, but I’m libertarian enough to EXTREMELY envy his globe trotting life..Idealy this would be our globe. If I wanted to experience Polynesians , Kenyans (BHO) , or Poles and their cultures I’d go to those respective countries..

    • FransSusan

      Probably from the US.

  • meanqueen

    Poor little baby. The horror. I guess the only thing to hold onto is that he was too young to understand what was happening. I hope his death was quick. All the libtards around the internet chat rooms keep repeating the nonsense about how we “need to fund more education over there.” We should just eradicate. Put some witch doctor heads on a sticks. That’s education, Tanzanian style.

  • SentryattheGate

    ….often linked by researchers to inbreeding. It is particularly prevalent in Tanzania, affecting one person in 1,400, compared with one in 20,000 in the West.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Africa will never change. No use sending money there. That is why I have stopped donating money to African missions and to charitable organizations that support non white interests. We are just paying or funding our destruction.

  • Fr. John+

    What goes on in non-Christian countries across the globe, ultiimately does not concern us. Media manipulation towards fear and unsettling Whites (who have a larger altruist component in their genetic makeup) is Fear-mongering, and should not be heeded- or, what is worse, misplaced compassion, that should be reserved for our ‘brothers’ first. As Christ said of the living in his own day, ‘Let the dead bury the dead.’ There’s a reason for this. We care for our own, first, last, and always. Kinism and covenant; folk, faith, and narodnost, above all. Not for the non-elect, in a non-christian society. Pearls before….. indeed.

  • evilsandmich

    the risk to the country’s albinos will grow as politicians turn to witchcraft to enhance their prospects

    This, oh, I feel bad for laughing. Just the thought of albinos brewing up in a pot so that their nation can be graced some politician who believes in cooking people, it’s…oh it’s too good.

  • FransSusan

    Negroes are a sad, tragic race. Nothing much has changed throughout the ages.

  • sddasasd

    There’s never been any verified IQ data on pygmies.