Mozambique: Traditional healers linked to killing of bald people

APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

The Mozambican police have warned that traditional healers may be involved in the recent murder of bald people, in the central province of Zambezia, apparently to extract their body parts.

This comes after two men were killed in brutal attacks, with their body parts thought to have been used in witchcraft because of belief that bald people are rich,.

Police spokesman for the General Command Inacio Dina was on Wednesday quoted as saying that traditional doctors may be responsible.

“Bald people may be pursued because they are thought to have some kind of power, and that if this power can be transferred to other people, it will enrich them. It’s a very wrong way of thinking”, Dina reportedly said.

The two bald men, one of whom was found with his head cut off and organs removed, were killed in a part of the country already notorious for the persecution of albinos.

To establish the true causes of these grisly killings, Dina said, the police are undertaking “profound social investigation” in the local communities.

The Zambezia police have made two arrests while Dina likened the attacks to those on albinos, whose body parts are used in witchcraft rituals.

According to the UN, more than a hundred attacks against albinos who have white skin because of a hereditary condition that causes an absence of pigmentation have been registered in Mozambique since 2014, mainly in the centre and the north of the country.


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