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World'Witchdoctors' arrested over child killings

22:25  05 march  2019
22:25  05 march  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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World' Witchdoctors ' arrested over child killings . 00:26 05 march 2019. © Barcroft Media/Getty Images Albinism affects around one in every 1,400 Tanzanians, far higher than average Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 " witchdoctors ", or traditional healers, in connection with the ritual killing

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Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 "witchdoctors", or traditional healers, in connection with the ritual killing of at least 10 children.

The children were killed in January and many had body parts removed.

There is a belief among some people in Tanzania, and neighbouring countries, that using human body parts in rituals can bring wealth and good luck.

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At least 10 children were murdered in ritual killings in January and some had body parts removed. Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 " witchdoctors ", or traditional healers, in connection with the ritual killing of at least 10 children .

Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 " witchdoctors ", or traditional healers, in connection with the ritual killing of at least 10 children . There is a particular belief that the body parts of people with albinism are especially potent in the rituals, leading to many killings .

The inspector general of police, Simon Sirro, has ordered that every traditional healer obtain a licence.

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"We have also requested other institutions like religious leaders and politicians to help us," he added.

Ten children were murdered in the south-western Njombe region and an unknown number in the northern Simuyu region.

One of the children, Goodluck Mfugale, was just five years old when he was killed. His parents told the BBC their son had been robbed of his future.

There is a particular belief that the body parts of people with albinism are especially potent in the rituals, leading to many killings.

However it is not clear if any of the 10 children known to have been killed had albinism.

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Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 witchdoctors , or traditional healers, in connection with the ritual killing of at least 10 children . The children were killed in January and many had body parts removed. There is a belief among some people in Tanzania, and neighbouring countries, that using hum

Police officers in Tanzania have arrested 65 “ witchdoctors ”, or traditional healers, in connection with the ritual killing of at least 10 children . The children were killed in January and many had body parts removed. There is a belief among some people in Tanzania, and neighbouring countries, that using

Albinism is particularly prevalent in Tanzania with one in 1,400 affected, according to a 2006 BMC Public Health report. This compares with one in 20,000 in Western countries.

Activists on the continent say poverty contributes to the suspicion surrounding albinos and the belief their body parts can be sold for large sums of money.

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