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The Ghosts Of Bigotry

The position of albino children and adults in many east African nations lends itself to perpetuation of unspeakable behaviors towards these innocent people. A prevailing belief in East Africa is that Albino bones can be used to ward off evil spirits and restore health, if not sexuality, to individuals. Three men finally were found guilty of murdering an Albino boy which human rights activists hope will restore some semblance of dignity for the rights of these oppressed people. There are about 17,000 albinos in Tanzania which most probably is the source of the genetic defect that leads to white colored skin.

At least 53 murders of Albinos have been recorded since 2007 in Tanzania and the government essentially has remained uninterested in these killings. Finally court of law has taken action. Hopefully, it will lead to some protection for the albinos.

Witches Of Burundi

Over three hundred years ago, the witch hunt in Massachusetts uncovered a vast witch plot to ruin the lives of decent Christian folk. About fifty years ago, Senator Joseph McCarthy uncovered a Communist witch plot to destroy the souls of Americans. But, the persecution of Albinos in east Africa is no joke, it has resulted in dozens of deaths for those whose skin is light in a dark shaded continent. Finally, a court in Burundi convicted a gang of thugs who have been murdering albinos in Burundi and selling body parts. So far this year they have killed eleven and sold their bodies to witch doctors in Tanzania who desire albino body parts to make potions that guarantee success in love, life and business. Over 40 albinos have been killed in Tanzania.

The world can gaze in ridicule at the silliness of people who murder children in order to get their hearts of livers or whatever in order to attain success in love. The remainder of the world has its own witch doctors who go by the name of George Bush or Dick Cheney and whose goal is not to have any body parts still standing after their murders.

Oh, one man was sentenced to jail for life, and four others to terms from seven to fifteen years. Not bad for killing about a dozen albinos.

The Slaughter Of Albinos In East Africa Grows Worse

Hate has a home in the minds of many east Africans who believe those born in Africa who have white skins possess special powers and if one can obtain part of their bodies, then wealth and health will be guaranteed. The war against albinos is accelerating in areas like Tanzania where over 35 have been murdered this year at the urgings of witch doctors who want to cut off parts of their bodies to use in their so-called magic potions. In some areas of
Africa, albino children go to school protected by bodyguards. The Tanzanian Albino Society has helped hundreds of albinos to find safety on the island of Ukerewe which lies in Lake Victoria. In the last week, two more albinos were murdered including an eleven year old girl who was hacked to pieces with machetes and her body parts taken away.

The estimate is there are about 200,000 albinos in the world and they are found in every society. For some reason, the largest number come from East Africa. Few albino children are aware their skins lack protection against the sun and many die early in life. Although the Tanzanian government has spoken out against witch doctors, none has yet been convicted.

We humans have a propensity for uncovering new fellow humans to hate. Such is the human condition.

Tanzania Circumcision Twist-Males The Target!

A common issue confronting people in Africa is the prevalence of forced female circumcision, but in the Meru district of Tanzania, the focus of circumcision is towards males. Gangs oftribesmen who insist all males must be circumcised according to their tribal traditions are invading the homes of males, breaking down doors, and forcing men to undergo the process in front of their families.”They(crusaders)move in gangs of between 20 nd 50 men, yu either hve to answer the door or they simply break in, “said one of the victims. “Once inside, they order you to take off your pants, or stick out your organ, not caring if there were women or children around.” Forced “Tohara” is regarded as a rite of passge that all males must experience according to tribal puritans.

A particular problem that has arisen is that many educated males who teach in schools are not circumcised. This has resulted in teachers fearing to go to school for fear the gangs will assualt them in their own classrooms. In several schools teachers have gone on strike until assured they will be protected by the police.

China In Afrca Economically-US In Iraq, Militarily!

During the past few years while the United States pursues its military ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, the government of China has been actively pursuing its own ventures, economic that is, in many parts of Africa. The Chinese goal is to initially create five economic zones in parts of Africa in which they will heavily invest money and seek to tie the area to the Chinese market. Zambia has already been identified as one such zone and the mining area around the town of Chambishi will receive $800 million from China for economic development purposes. Tanzania has also been identified as a second China-Africa economic zone and it will receive $500 million. Cape Verde’ government is seeking to become a third economic zone and even major nations like Nigeria are in early stages of discussions with China about becoming economic areas tied to the Asian market.

The Chinese government has a five year plan to create five such economic zones in Africa. It is no wonder, China prefers America being tied down with military ventures in the Middle East which allows other nations to become economically invested in developing the future of Africa. There are those who still believe military expeditions add to a nation’s wealth, the evidence of China in Africa proves the reverse. Avoid military expenditures and invest your resources in economic development is a Chinese approach which is proving successful.