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by on June 8, 2008 at 10:35 am in Economics | Permalink

Tanzanian albino body parts.  They are supposed to bring good luck.  Unfortunately they are killing and mutilating the albinos to get them.

1 Jonathan Hohensee June 8, 2008 at 11:15 am

This is ridiculous; everyone knows handling the body part of an albino will transform you into an imp.

2 Yan Li June 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

This is evil.

3 Johnni June 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Part of me, a small, cynical part that I try to hide, really thinks that we should build a giant wall/dome around the entire continent of Africa, allow no one to enter or exit for 100 years, and then when the Africans have murdered/genocided each other and emptied the place out, turn the continent into a beautiful wildlife preserve. Because, let’s face it, they do NOT seem to be able to manage their affairs well (to put it mildly).

Honestly, what the heck is wrong with some places that appear unable to modernize?

4 k June 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Johnni , we are all africans

5 Roland Martinez June 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm

So how do you verify that you have a genuine albino body part and not just a piece of some white guy?

Is there an insurance market here somewhere?

6 anon June 9, 2008 at 11:59 am

I hope you are being sarcastic with this comment: “why does the nyt care about tanzanians only when bad things happen to white people there?”

Otherwise, it is rare to read something so ignorant. These are not “white” people standing out in a crowd–they are native to their countries, with the same genetic code as their country-men and women, save the genetic mutation that leaves their skin without pigmentation. Get a clue.

7 Dan T. June 10, 2008 at 8:54 am

And you guys want to have a market for kidneys?

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