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Every now and then, I run across news reports that make me feel sick. (No, I’m not referring to Donald Trump.)
Last summer, I read a report from Malawi, in Africa. You may not have heard much about Malawi. It always ranks near the bottom on Africa’s poverty scales, for a variety of reasons.
First, because Malawi is land-locked. It has no seaports, no way to access world markets except through other countries.
Second, because it has nothing to market.
But Malawi does, apparently, have something that people in other parts of Africa covet -- albino babies.
By some genetic quirk, it seems, Malawi and its nearest neighbours to the north and south, Tanzania and Mozambique, have a higher-than-usual proportion of albino babies. That is, black babies with white skin.
For -- brace yourself -- their body parts.
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: Malawi, albinos, albinism, witchcraft