The pagan practice of witchcraft has forced many African albinos to live in fear that they or their relatives may be hunted. “At least 18 albino people have been killed in Malawi in a ‘steep upsurge in killings’ since November 2014, and five others have been abducted and remain missing… the toll is likely much higher because many killings in rural areas are never reported” (Associated Press, June 7, 2016). What is known as the macabre trade, albinos “are targeted for their body parts which are used in magical potions and other ritual practices… their bones are believed to be sold to practitioners of traditional medicine in Malawi and Mozambique for use in charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck… also fueled by a belief that bones of people with albinism contain gold” (Reuters, June 7, 2016).
Sadly, albinos are ostracized which provides them little support and protection from these ruthless killers. Today we live in “perilous times” with “brutal” individuals influenced by “spiritual hosts of wickedness” (2 Timothy 3:1-3; Ephesians 6:12). Bible prophecies indicate that when Christ returns, nations will be trading “bodies and souls of men” (Revelation 18:13), and He will liberate mankind from the grasp of the devil (1 John 3:8). Pray that God’s kingdom come soon so that people made in God’s image no longer have to live in terror. To learn more about that exciting future, read our booklet, The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like?