[nfb-talk] Blind people Eaten For Magic

Sarah Baughn sarahb006 at comcast.net
Mon Dec 7 20:29:19 UTC 2009

That's disgusting!!!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Leslie Newman" <newmanrl at cox.net>
To: "nfbtalk" <NFB-talk at NFBnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 6:42 PM
Subject: [nfb-talk] Blind people Eaten For Magic

> Hi you all,
> I am the author of THOUGHT PROVOKER and as it is said, real life can be
> stranger than fiction and I would like to share with you a real story, not
> one of my making. Below is the text of an article that came out of 
> Sunday's
> edition of the Omaha World Harold. See what is happening to this unique
> group of blind people.
> Thousands of Africa's , albinos go into hiding ;
> / NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The mistaken belief that albino body parts have
> magical powers has driven thousands of Africa's albinos into hiding, 
> fearful
> of losing their lives and limbs to unscrupulous dealers who can make up to
> $75,000 selling a complete dismembered set.
> Since 2007, 44 albinos have been killed in Tanzania and 14 others have 
> been
> slain in Burundi, sparking widespread fear among albinos in East Africa.
> At least 10,000 have been displaced or have gone into hiding since the
> killings began, according to a report released last week by the
> International Federation for the Red Cross and Crescent societies.
> Albinism is a hereditary condition, but occurs only when both parents have
> albinism genes.
> African albinos endure insults, discrimination and segregation throughout
> their lives. They also have a high risk of contracting skin cancer in a
> region where many jobs are outdoors.
> Robert Leslie Newman
> Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
> Omaha Office
> 402-595-2143
> Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
> Our Mission:
> Empowering blind individuals,
> Promoting opportunities,
> and building belief in the blind.
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