There are often stories of old-world religions from the early era where we understood nothing that we do today about medicine and technology.
Bloodletting to cure sickness during the plague, human sacrifices to appease gods of harvest or stave off floods, anything that might have worked was tried.
We think these things are all in the distant past. We want to believe that modern medical knowledge extends to the entire world. Unfortunately, that isn’t true.
In Mali, a country in Africa, there is a belief that people with Albinism, a rare genetic trait that results in the total lack of pigmentation in the skin, are magical and harvest their body parts for occult rituals.
In the modern age, these ritual killings still happen, and age is no variable. Even a 5-year-old girl can be killed for these insane ways.
10 The Night Of The Kidnapping
Djeneba Diarra was kidnapped from her house in a village 75 miles north of Bamako, Mali’s capital.
The suspects scaled the town courtyard’s fence, knowing that there were children with the rare condition around.
Her mother raced to protect her but couldn’t get there in time. She doubled back to make sure her other child wasn’t taken. Djeneba was next found near a mosque the next day. Her head was missing and stolen.
These events have become so commonplace that there are multiple national and international agencies established to bring validity and raise awareness of these horrors specific to Albino people.
The Federation of Associations of Persons with Albinism in West Africa spoke out about it and the regularity of the crimes, which tend to happen around election seasons in sub-Saharan countries.