Saturday, May 7, 2011


DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Hundreds of albinos are thought to have been killed for black magic purposes in Tanzania and albino girls are being raped because of a belief they offer a cure for AIDS, a Canadian rights group said on Thursday.  At least 63 albinos, including children, are known to have been killed, mostly in the remote northwest of the country.  “We believe there are hundreds and hundreds of killings in Tanzania, but only a small number are being reported to the police,” Peter Ash, founder and director of Under The Same Sun (UTSS), told Reuters.  “There is belief that if you have relations with a girl with albinism, you will cure AIDS. So there are many girls with albinism who are being raped in this country because of this belief, which is a false belief.”  Around 1.4 million Tanzanians among a population of 40.7 million have the HIV virus that leads to AIDS.

Albino hunters kill their victims and harvest their blood, hair, genitals and other body parts for potions that witchdoctors say bring luck in love, life and business.  “(It is believed) a person with albinism is a curse.  They are from the devil, they are not human, they do not die, they simply disappear,” said Ash.  Ernest Kimaya, head of the Tanzania Albino society and a sufferer of the pigment disorder, said social stigma prevented many girls from reporting rape, making it difficult to say how many albinos had been sexually abused.  Activists last week reported three murders of teenage albino boys from the same family in northern Tanzania, who were poisoned and their bones later robbed from their graves.

Hundreds of albinos have been killed for black magic purposes in Tanzania and many albino young women have been raped in the belief that having sex with albino girls can cure AIDS, and that drinking blood from albinos promotes health and makes you more powerful.  The business of buying and selling body parts of albinos - which shamans used to make “magic potions” for good luck in love, life and business - move a lot of money and is very lucrative.  If you are interested in obtaining material benefits by means of black magic or the help of witchcraft spells, you will quickly fall in great disgraces, and only God's mercy can save you. 

In the Malabar district, a section of the brāhmanas are known as Nambudari brāhmanas, and the Bhattathāris are their priests.  Bhattathāris know many tantric black arts, such as the art of killing a person, of bringing him under submission, and of destroying or devastating him.  They are very expert in these black arts, and one such Bhattathāri bewildered the personal servant of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu while the servant accompanied the Lord in His travels through South India.  Somehow or other Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu delivered this Krishnadāsa from the clutches of the Bhattathāri.  Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is well known as Patita-pāvana, the savior of all fallen souls, and He proved this in His behavior toward His personal servant, Krishnadāsa, whom He saved.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrī Caitanya Caritāmrita - Madhya-līlā - Chapter 1 - Verse 112
“The Later Pastimes of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu”
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase

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