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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Were Albinos being Hunted even before the recent Killings “started”?

A friend of mine recently told me something that got me thinking. He said that albinos have been being hunted in Tanzania since time immemorial. But the recent spate of killings has “gone overboard”.

He reminded me that long ago, people used to believe that albinos, being special beings, didn’t use to die but they disappeared mysteriously.

This belief was “solidified” by the fact (?) that funerals and burials of albinos [if any] were few and far between. So, because not many people had attended these ceremonies, it was believed that albinos just disappeared.

I DON’T believe they used to disappear. That was a notion that was driven by utter ignorance. But then, if they were not “disappearing”, then, where were they going? Were they being killed for witchcraft purposes?

I don’t know what to think!

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