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Peru: Woman Found Guilty of Witchcraft Burned Alive

An indigenous tribe deep in the Amazon jungle has burned an elderly woman alive on charges of “witchcraft.” While Peruvian authorities say these accusations are not uncommon among natives, this case is unique because a witness recorded the immolation on a mobile phone.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY OTTO BAKANO Fatuma Sultan (R), a Tanzanian albino and the sister of albino member of Tanzania's Albino United football club Fikiri Sultan, hangs clothes to dry in front of her home in Dar es Salaam on November 3, 2010. Albinism is a genetically inherited …

Africa: Myth of Magical AIDS Cure Fuels Sexual Assault of Albino Women

The pervasive myth that having sex with a person with albinism — a condition in which the body does not produce any melanin — can cures AIDS has made rape and sexual assault of women and girls with albinism a commonplace threat in places like Malawi.


Tanzania Warns Politicians: Witchcraft Using Albino Body Parts Will Not Win You Elections

Tanzania’s federal government has been forced to issue a warning to politicians competing in the October elections not to engage in witchcraft in an attempt to improve their odds of winning, reminding candidates that witchcraft was banned nationally in January and any attacks on people with albinism–whose bodies are used in good luck potions–will be prosecuted.

Mexican Boy Tortured

Satanic Cult Linked to Murder of 6-Year-Old Mexican Boy

The horrific torture and murder of a six year-old Mexican boy by five other children, that prosecutors say is evidence of “social decomposition” and an “absence of values,” is now believed to be linked to a satanic cult.