NEW YORK (AP) — Five albino children from Tanzania who were mutilated because they are albinos are getting relief from a charity in New York.
The children lost limbs because witch doctors in traditional communities believe people with albinism have magical properties. Their body parts fetch thousands of dollars on the black market for use in potions said to give the user wealth and good luck.
Albinism is a rare genetic condition in which people are born with little or no pigment in their skin or eyes.
The Global Medical Relief fund is a New York City nonprofit that helps children from crisis zones all over the world get custom prosthesis in the United States.
Founder Elissa Montanti says she was moved to help the children after seeing a story about one of them.