Today In Terribleness: Albino Girl Sacrificed For Magic Potion In Africa

In Swaziland, a tiny country in Southern Africa, an 11-year-old albino girl, Banele Nxumalo, was shot, beheaded, and sent down the river all in the name of witchcraft last week.And she’s not the first. Another albino child was murdered earlier this year in the very same spot. In fact, there have been a series of ritualistic albino murders in Southern Africa. Why? Well, there has been a large concentration of them in the that part of the world because — this is the scary part — witch doctors in Swaziland believe that albino body parts bring good fortune when sacrificed for use in magic potions. Should we remind them that it’s no longer the 1600s (when an estimated 100,000 people, mostly women, were executed during our own little “witch hunt” phase in Europe and North America)? What can we do to help stop this right now? [Telegraph]

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