Attackers collecting body parts of albinos for witchcraft hacked off the hand of a seven-year-old boy, officials said today.
The boy was walking home with his friends in Tanzania when he was seized by the men.
It is the latest in a series of bloody assaults on albino people.
Apolinary Macheta, the local government leader in Tanzania’s southwestern Milepa district, said: ‘The boy was attacked on Saturday by three people as he walked home with his four school friends.’
The boy named Mwigulu Magessa, is recovering in hospital, Macheta added.
It comes just days after an albino mother of four had her arm chopped off by machete-wielding men.
Police said on Saturday they had arrested five men after discovering the decomposing limb hidden in a field.
In Tanzania, albinos are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity.
Albinism is a genetic condition characterised by a deficiency of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes which protects from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
People suffering from the condition are discriminated against and persecuted in many African countries.
Last month an albino child died in Tanzania’s Tabora region after attackers hacked off his arm with a machete.
Kijo Bisimba, of Tanzania’s Legal and Human Rights Centre, has said a rise in attacks is ‘alarming’ and pointed to a renewed spate of assaults after what it said was months of calm.
Such ritual killings have also occurred in neighbouring Burundi and some of the attackers are suspected to be from Tanzania, where albino body parts can fetch thousands of dollars.
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