Tanzania and Witchcraft

Its 2012, still hard to believe there are millions of Tanzanians out there who still breathe eat and live on witchcraft, i used to think its just something I used to hear about when I go back to my village in the mountains ....but its a shame to see people practice such in the big cities as well ...the wicked ways made it to CNN and their statistics may not be accurate but you have to admit its close, people are really tied to it, I refuse to believe it is lack of education that leads people to practice it...lets not forget it is linked t the African culture and traditions.

People with albinism have been dismembered in western parts of the country because so-called witchdoctors perpetuate a belief that albino body parts bring great wealth.From the archives: Scores of albinos in hiding after attacksThose suspected of witchcraft are also targeted; an estimated 600 elderly women were killed in 2011 due to the suspicion they were witches, according to the Legal and Human Rights Center in Tanzania.
in Johannesburg July 2012,  
 Dr Theo Petrus, a senior anthropology lecturer at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabet, an academic who called for a radical new look at witchcraft-related crime in South Africa.His 2009 doctoral thesis on witchcraft-related crime in the Eastern Cape and its implications for law enforcement policy is the first of its kind in South Africa, but he says more research is needed, especially on how the justice system deals with such cases.Petrus, who was approached by the Justice Department to become part of an advisory committee to assist in a review of present witchcraft suppression legislation, believes as many stakeholders as possible should be involved.Petrus recommended education campaigns specifically aimed at the youth in rural communities, but stressed that it should not be aimed at eliminating witchcraft-beliefs as this was an integral part of the traditional religious beliefs and practices of many communities.Traditional leadership, traditional healers and community leaders, the police and church leaders should all be involved in the design of such education initiatives