BBC: "Tanzania arrests 65 'witchdoctors' over killings" (10)

12 March, 2019

Dear Simon,

Thank you for your message on this important topic. http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/bbc-tanzania-arrests-65-witchdoctors-ove...

You said: "Although there are several things I'd question about this brief account, this would be the first: 'People with albinism... have been killed because of the mistaken belief that rituals involving parts of their bodies can bring good luck and wealth...' Verified reports of people maimed and murdered, in my opinion, suggest that people believe they can MAKE MONEY out of bodies and parts...'

Surely the reason they believe they can make money is because some people (and some traditional healers) have the 'mistaken belief that rituals involving parts of their bodies can bring good luck and wealth' (or similar) - and are therefore willing to pay high prices for such body parts?

Thank you also for the news reports going back to the 1990s. You say: "Strands from stories in the 1990s and early 2000s seem to run through later stories" and "The BBC is not the only purveyor of such memes". Do you think there may be (partial) fabrication in some of the stories reported by the BBC?

Best wishes, Neil

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