32 Witch doctors arrested to thwart killings in Tanzania

Police in Tanzania said Friday they have arrested 32 witch doctors during the past week as part of a campaign to prevent the ritual killings of the nation’s albino citizens. Some Tanzanian witch doctors believe that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers, and regularly use those body parts as ingredients in potions, concoctions and rituals to harness prosperity in life, business and love.

Human rights activists say that attackers have murdered at least 75 albinos in the east African country during the past 15 years. Last week, President Jakaya Kikwete promised he’d eliminate the practices, saying the deaths of albino citizens brought shame to the country.

“The witch doctors were arrested in possession of different items, including potions and oil from an unknown source,” Joseph Konyo, the police chief of Geita, told reporters. He did not confirm whether the witch doctors under arrest had been charged or caught with anything related to albinos…

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