Albino Girl Rescued After Uncle Tried To Sell Her To Witchdoctors
Margareth Khamis was snatched from the home she shares with her mother and three siblings in northern Tanzania by a masked gang in the middle of the night last week.
The kidnapping sparked a frantic search by the villagers, who tried to follow the gang through the bush without luck, all the while holding onto the grim knowledge the little girl faced almost certain death at the hands of her captors.
Indeed, an entire albino body has been known to fetch £50,000 ($75,000) on the black market.
But unlike many other children with ablinism, luck was on the six-year-old's side: local police heard a man was looking to sell a little girl for an undisclosed sum which could have run into the tens of thousands.
Had he been successful, it is likely Margareth would not have been seen again.
Instead, the police set up a sting, and pretended to be a potential customer.
Jume Bwire, the acting Tabora regional police commander, said: 'After we had received the information our officers immediately put our trap and were able to arrest the man red-handed.'
Shockingly, the man they arrested was Margareth's 44-year-old uncle.
Thankfully, she was unharmed and was quickly reunited with her family. Margareth's mother Joyce Mwandu, who also has albinism, was relieved to have her young daughter back
There have been at least 75 murders in the country in the last 15 years, with far more attacks in which limbs have been hacked off, but the victim survived.
There are fears the up-coming elections may lead to an increase in the number of attacks, with the U.N. warning of increases in Tanzania, as well as Malawi and Burundi.
The two countries, which border Tanzania, are also taking decisive actions, with police across Malawi being ordered to shoot anyone caught attacking albinos, while children in Burundi are being housed in special accommodation under army protection.
It is thought some politicians use the witch doctors potions - known as 'muti' - to help their election chances.