What year is this again?
Occasionally I do an item here having nothing remotely to do with humor, if it fits into a theme I call “Remind me what year this is, please?”
I’m going to mention what they are accused of again, in case you missed that. They are charged with killing albino human beings to sell their body parts.
It turns out more than 50 albinos have been murdered in Burundi and neighboring Tanzania in recent months. Witch doctors tell clients that albino body parts bring luck in love, life and business.
I don’t know too much about selling body parts, but if that many albinos have been killed, it’s pretty certain there is a viable market there.
Which leads me to wonder how much luck in love, life and business does a person have to want before shelling out money for the body parts of a fellow human being?
And by the way, I checked out the answer to my question: It seems this is 2009. Seriously.
Above: A woman walks with her albino son to a courtroom in Ruyigi, Burundi, May 28, 2009. Prosecutors asked for life sentences for three people on trial for allegedly murdering albinos to sell their body parts for use in witchcraft.
Left: Kazungu Kassim (R), head of a Burundi albino association, listens to proceedings in the courtroom, May 28, 2009.
REUTERS photos by Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana