The warning comes after two men were brutally murdered, with body parts thought to have been used in witchcraft due to the belief that bald people are wealthy.
After the brutal killing of two men whose body parts were thought to have been used in witchcraft.
Police in Mozambique have warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks.
The two bald men, one of whom was discovered with his head severed and organs removed, were murdered in a region of the country already known for its persecution of albinos.
“Last month, the murders of two bald people led to the arrest of two suspects,” said national police spokesman Inacio Dina.
“Their motivations are superstition and culture: the local community believes bald individuals are wealthy,” he explained.
The deaths took place in Milange, in the country’s center, a few miles from the border with Malawi.
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According to local authorities, the two victims were over the age of 40.
“One of them was found with his head cut off and his organs removed,” said Miguel Caetano, a spokesman for the security forces in Zambezia’s central province.
The suspects are two 20-year-old Mozambicans.
According to their statements, the organs were to be utilized by healers in ceremonies to boost the fortunes of clients in Tanzania and Malawi, according to Caetano.
It was the first time bald people had been targeted in the region, he continued.
Dina compared the attacks to those of albinos, whose body parts are used in witchcraft rituals.
According to the UN, more than a hundred attacks against albinos.
People with white skin due to a congenital disorder that causes a lack of pigmentation, have occurred in Mozambique since 2014, primarily in the country’s center and north.
Source: The Guardian
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