Bombshell: Bald men could be ‘targeted for ritual killings’ – Police warn

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Police in Mozambique have reportedly issued a warning that bald men may be attacked for the purposes of witchcraft and rituals associated with local superstitions.

The warning comes after two bald men were brutally killed in the south-east African country’s Zambezia province, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP). One of the men had been found with his head cut off and his organs removed.

The murders led to the arrest of two men, whose motivations “came from superstition and culture the local community thinks bald men are rich,” national police spokesman Inacio Dina told the news agency.

In a separate interview, he added: “The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold.”

The killings happened in the same region where albino people have been murdered as part of rituals, the broadcaster reported.

Amnesty International recently reported there had been a sharp increase in human rights abuses against people with albinism in neighbouring Malawi since 2014.

People with albinism are abducted and killed and their graves are robbed, the human rights organisation reported.

They are targeted for their body parts which some belief have magical powers and bring good luck, it said.

Amnesty International estimates between 7,000 and 10,000 people with albinism live Malawi. At least 18 people were reportedly killed between 2014 and 2016, while five people disappeared over the same period.


Source: Face of Malawi

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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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