[nfb-talk] Blind people Eaten For Magic

Michael D. Barber m.barber at mchsi.com
Sat Dec 12 19:22:02 UTC 2009

This is a perfect example of misguided public attitudes and misconceptions
and the resulting behavior on the part of the public.


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From: nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Sarah Baughn
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 3:14 PM
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Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] Blind people Eaten For Magic

Joseph, you're quite right.  Disgusting is probably the closest word I could
think of at the time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "T. Joseph Carter" <carter.tjoseph at gmail.com>
To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 3:09 AM
Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] Blind people Eaten For Magic

>I don't think there's a word in the English language for it Sarah, 
>disgusting isn't even close.
> Joseph
> --
> How many children in America are not taught how to read?
> If they are blind, the answer is 90%--more than 52,000 children!
> Find out how you can help: http://www.braille.org/
> On Mon, Dec 07, 2009 at 12:29:19PM -0800,  Sarah Baughn wrote:
>>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
>>>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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>>>nfb-talk at nfbnet.org
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