Archives for January 2014

Albino Blacks Sought by African Witchdoctors for Ritual Murder “Medicine”


A recent demonstration last week in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam has refocused attention on an ongoing problem in that African country: that of the ritual murder of Albino blacks by witchdoctors to use their body parts in “medicine.”

Albinism is a genetic disorder that impairs normal skin pigmentation and afflicts more than 200,000 Tanzanians. Albinos, with their pinkish skin and light blue eyes, stand out among Tanzania’s population.

They are called “muzungu”, Swahili for “white man”, or “zeru zeru”, meaning “ghost”—but most of all, they are sought for their body parts: hair, eyes, internal organs, and skin by the ever-present African witchdoctors for use in primitive “medicine.”

The phenomenon is not limited to Tanzania, of course, All over Africa, in varying intensity, Albinos are often hunted down and killed by locals on the instruction of witchdoctors—sometimes for “revenge” for natural misfortunes, but most often for use in medicine.”

Albinos have been attacked in West Africa, Kenya, Burundi, and South Africa—all have reported a renewed rush on albino murders.

In South Africa, Albino-generated “medicine” is viewed as a cure to all manner of problems, which vary from impotency to becoming “invisible” to the police.

A few months ago, when South African Police shot a number of miners in an internationally publicized event in at Marikana, it emerged that the striking blacks were convinced that they were invisible and impervious to the police because they had all bee “treated” by a witchdoctor for that purpose the night before.

The taking of body parts is called “muti”, or potion. People of light complexion are believed to make strong “muti.”

This practice in South Africa was first recorded by the early European settlers during the seventeenth century when small European groups were attacked and their sexual organs cut off by black attackers.

It is believed that if a body part is cut while the victim is still alive, the increased pain makes the “muti” all the more powerful.

The mistaken belief that albino body parts have magical powers has driven thousands of Africa’s albinos into hiding, fearful of losing their lives and limbs to unscrupulous dealers who can make up to $75,000 selling a complete dismembered corpse.

The surge in the use of albino body parts as good luck charms is a result of “a kind of marketing exercise by witch doctors,” the International Federation for the Red Cross and Crescent societies said.

The report says the market for albino parts exists mainly in Tanzania, where a complete set of body parts—including all limbs, genitals, ears, tongue and nose —can sell for $75,000. Wealthy buyers use the parts as talismans to bring them wealth and good fortune.

For example, a recent report from Tanzania revealed that nine people had been arrested for chopping off the hand of a nine-year-old albino. When arrested, the men were trying to sell the limb.

Another report, issued recently by the United Nations, said that albinos “are regarded as ghosts and not human beings who can be wiped off the global map,” and that “[p]eople living with albinism [are] the target of many false and harmful myths in several countries, especially in the African region.”

“These are manifestations of the worst forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and can never be justified,” the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, said. “Under international human rights law it is the duty of the State to afford protection to persons with albinism against such barbaric acts.”

People with albinism are not only brutally mutilated and tortured, but also killed or buried alive with deceased tribal chiefs so as not to leave them in the grave alone. “These acts must be stopped and the perpetrators must be brought to justice without delay,” said Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns.

Proof of heaven & hell


The Chemistry Student Who Demostrated that Heaven and Hell Exist
The Chemistry Student Who Demostrated that Heaven and Hell Exist

According to urban legend, the following is an actual question given on a University of Washington Chemistry midterm.

The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So, we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities.

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Theresa during my freshman year that “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and we take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Theresa kept shouting, “Oh my God.”

Of course, this student received an A+

I had a dream last night


Life is but a stopover so it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel all right about the evil you see or the thoughts you have because all that matters is that we’re able to see anything at all. I learned this in a dream last night while berating myself for having such evil thoughts about a friend of mine when God came and showed me the entire universe was constructed with little pieces and to be able to observe any part at all was a privilege given to only a few. So no matter how bleak life may seem, we‘re privileged to be able to see what we’re all a part of. I have to believe the evil I see is only an illusion and it doesn’t really matter.

We have the right to say what we think in America, BUT . . .

My passion for everything has evaporated, thus today’s poem.

My Muses

Calliope who inspired me to write a poem a day has left my life, and dreaming of the dawn, I wonder where has she gone. Clio comes to mind and she enthuses my historical writing until I encounter Erato and her sister Euterpe who stimulate me to write lyrical poetry, but when I meet Melpomene, it’s a tragedy until I hear Polyhymnia singing the blues and I see Terpsichore singing and dancing. I have to laugh at Thalia’s antics and when I meet Urania I travel to the stars where I find all the sisters together and it becomes clear to me that having one is a blessing, but to have all nine helping me create is a miracle I can never repay, because I don’t know who sent the sisters my way and then took them away.


On new year’s day I wondered why we all have to die and was inspired to write a poem.

Life without Death


Out of breath, I decide nobody knows where we’ll go after our keeper, the grim reaper knocks and doesn’t give you time to put on your socks.


We all fear that unknown place that may be in outer space, because there are those who say heaven waits, but if they really believed that, wouldn’t they be in a hurry to arrive?


Some of us endeavor to live forever and pay for cryonics to freeze our remains, hoping to gain the upper hand over death, so when it’s defeated we can be resurrected to live again.


A greater fear for me is the everlasting life promised for acting like Jesus while waiting for some distant heaven to open its gates after living a short life here on Earth.


I suspend my breath while worrying about death, and imagine how it would be on an unrestricted world where there’s no speed limits or safety measures.


People run over or exploded cannot die. They continue to exist in bits and pieces, and there’s pain to be endured.


I may be premature, but I don’t want to endure seeing my children aging and becoming more wrinkled than me


We’re damned to pain and disabilities old age always brings.


Heaven is to be enjoyed while alive and pain free.


Not able to sleep, walk or do simple things is hell, so a timely visit from the Grim Reaper is a great design if you ask me.


Joe DIBuduo

Last painting of 2013.