Help 10 Albino Children Saved from Sacrifice

by Humanity Healing International
One of the children rescued
One of the children rescued

In late October, Michael Sabiiti, Country Director for Humanity Healing International, received word from an elderly gentleman that he had discovered two albino children hiding in his banana tree grove.  Michael made arrangements for the gentleman to shelter the children until he could arrive and pick them up.

Due to mechanical problems with the vehicle, it took a full day to travel to the small village in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where he could get detailed directions to the home of the man sheltering the two albino children.  Due to road challenges as a result of heavy rains, it took even longer to arrive to where the children were.

Unfortunately, human traffickers got there first.

When the man had left to go to the closest market to buy food, a man and a woman who announced that they were from Humanity Healing arrived to take the children.  The girl was convinced they were genuine, but the boy was suspicious and fled into the forest.  When Michael heard what happened from the boy, he connected with the closest radio station and was able to put out an announcement of what happened and descriptions of the girl and the two traffickers.  According to the girl’s story, she heard them speaking to someone on the telephone about it and they asked her to get out of the car, promising they would come back for her, and fled.  The girl was found hiding in a granary near the Ishaha River near the Uganda-Congo Boarder.

On the way home, Michael received word of two additional albino children, a boy and a girl, that were abandoned and another boy, Gilbert, who had fled his home after his father had entered into negotiations to sell him to a rich man that had approached him for that transaction.

The Rescue Team arrived home, jubilant with the rescue of two children they had gone after plus an additional three children, but sobered by the fact that human traffickers targeting albino children had used the name of Humanity Healing as a trick to fool good people and to ensnare the children.

The cost of a rescue operation can easily run into hundreds of dollars, but a monthly sponsorship of a child in the program is only 30 USD per month.  This covers placement into a safe school plus room and board.  The Albino Rescue project has grown and we need additional sponsors to not only cover the children currently in the program, but the many more we could help with additional funds.

Please help and Bless you for your Compassion!

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Our latest rescued albino child and his mother
Our latest rescued albino child and his mother

Matthias was born with albinism in rural Uganda.  When people realized that the mother, Prossy, had birthed an albino, she was despised.  The father moved away and because of the abject poverty the mother found herself in, her two older children had to be given to relatives to raise.

But no other person wanted to touch Matthias because of the superstition that albino children cause bad fortune.  On some occasions, Prossy would not get employment in the fields because others refused to work with her claiming that the albino child would cause the seeds not to germinate!!!!

While walking back from the fields with Matthias being carried on her back, Prossy was attacked by a man wielding a panga, an African machete, who tried to kill the child.  With Prossy dodging to try and protect her child, the man took multiple swings at the child with his machete.  On his fourth attempt, the assailant was able to strike Matthias, leaving a large gash on his head above his left eye, which bled profusely.

The noise of the struggle brought others to the scene and the assailant fled.  The police gave chase and he was arrested but, despite admitting to attacking and cutting the child with the machete, he was released.  Upon complaints by community leaders, he was re-arrested and remanded to Ndorwa Government Prison.

The attack also created additional problems for Prossy, including bills for medical treatment of the child’s wound, more difficulty in finding work and increased attention directed towards her albino child.  Local superstitions include albino children’s hands, blood, hair, skin and other body parts are medicinal, and can create wealth if mixed with magical rituals.  These superstitions are promoted by “witch doctors” who still wield influence in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural areas.

 

There is a heinous, but thriving, trade in albino body parts.

 

Because of the tireless efforts of Michael Sabiiti, Country Director for Humanity Healing International and founder of the local NGO SCOSP, word of the Albino Rescue Project had reached this remote section of Uganda, and a good Samaritan alerted Michael.

Over the weekend of 5 September, Michael Sabiiti traveled to the village Prossy was hiding with Matthias, where he was able to find them and bring them to a place of safety.

Matthias has been entered into the Albino Rescue Project, is receiving medical care, and will begin his education in a safe school when he is of age.  Prossy will receive seamstress training through the community outreach facet of the local HHI Pads for Schoolgirls program.

There are many children with albinism that live in fear and have not been given the second chance that Matthias has received.  But you can help change this paradigm through our friends here at GlobalGiving.  A $30 per month reoccuring donation will provide an education at a safe school, room and board for a child with albinism like Matthias.  100% of the donations we receive go to the project.

Thank you and Bless you for your Compassion!

How could anyone try to harm this beautiful child?
How could anyone try to harm this beautiful child?
Evelyn
Evelyn

Background

Evelyn is one of the original 10 albino children rescued from traffickers in December 2013, which began the HHI Albino Rescue Program. Evelyn was 3 months old at the time. Evelyn’s father had driven Florence, her mother, out of the house for birthing a “demon”. Since Evelyn is too young to attend school, HHI found Florence and Evelyn a place to stay, helps support the needs of Evelyn and will enroll her in school when it is time.

 

The Second Rescue of Evelyn

Recently, two men approached the house where Evelyn and her mother were living and attempted to gain entry, but failed. There was a second attempt a few nights later, which forced Florence and Evelyn to flee and hide for the child’s safety. Through a Good Samaritan named Violet, she was able to send word to Michael Sabiiti, Country Director for Humanity Healing International and Founder of SCOSP, of her predicament. Michael immediately set off with one of his team.

Florence was unaware, however, that the men had followed her. In the middle of the village of Namabale, the two men accosted Florence and tried to pull Evelyn out of her hands. Florence began to scream and when Violet and others came to help, the two men took off running. Florence and Evelyn hid in Violet’s house to wait for Michael.

 

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Michael had difficulty locating Evelyn and Florence initially, as he did not know the exact location of Violet’s house. While searching, he stopped to ask two children who were harvesting sweet potatoes if they had seen a young woman carrying a “white child”. They had and were able to direct him to Violet’s house. To Michael’s surprise, they also told him they had seen three other “white” children running by their village.  

Michael took Florence and Evelyn to the Sub-County Leadership to report the attack against them and left them in official care while he went to look for the other albino children he had learned of.  The successful rescue of these children will be in an upcoming report.

Our sincere Gratitude to Michael for his heroic efforts. Evelyn and Florence have been relocated and we will continue to keep a watchful eye out for their safety.

 

Evelyn’s Future

A kidnapping attempt by two men of an albino toddler highlights the seriousness of the trafficking of children with albinism. As long as there is a demand for Albino children and/or their body parts for sacrifice and use in “black magic” rituals, Evelyn will never be truly safe. Our mission is to not only provide a safe environment and a chance for children like Evelyn to grow and learn, but to also raise awareness of this stain on humanity and create change in how persons with albinism are viewed in society. It is a slow process, but we are making progress.

You can give a child with albinism a chance to grow, get an education, and provide a living example that albinism is not a curse, just a different face of humanity. Sponsorship is only $30 per month.

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Shanitah
Shanitah

Last Christmas, your support helped us save the lives of 10 albino children who were on the run from human traffickers, who sell their body parts to be used in "magic" rituals. A truly horrific situation.

Last month, the little girl pictured was rescued from where she was used for ritual blood-letting.

The Albino Rescue Project is up to 31 rescued children who are now in safe schools and safe homes. Bless You for your Support and Compassion!

Our latest rescue was Shanitah, an adorable 7 year-old girl, who was being held by a witchdoctor for ritual blood-letting in his "magic" rituals.  You can see the scars on her shaved head.  She is in safe hands now, and is receiving treatment for both physical and emotional wounds.  She will be starting school with the next term.  You can read the full story of her rescue at:

The Rescue of Shanitah – Albino Rescue Project

There are more children with albinism that need your support.  Here is a new video about the project.

Albino Rescue Project - Uganda

Thank you again for your generous support!

May the New Year bring you Joy, Health, and Prosperity!

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Mary and Bryan - 2 of the children in the program
Mary and Bryan - 2 of the children in the program

We have received word of an 8-10 year old albino girl named Shanitah, who was being kept by a "witch doctor" in Western Uganda. We were told that Shanitah is suffering from numerous wounds, particularly on her head, where she has been repeatedly cut in order to collect her blood for use in "magic" rituals.

I have just sent authorization and funds to the HHI Country Director, and head of SCOSP Uganda, Michael Sabiiti to organize an immediate rescue mission to find the girl and bring her to safety, where we can get her wounds treated and get her enrolled in a safe school, where she has a future beyond degradation, pain, suffering and death.

As inconceivable as it sounds, this is real life, not the script of a horror movie. The trafficking of the body parts of persons with albinism in Africa not only happens, but is a growing problem.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE! While I am very grateful for the opportunity to help others through our 501c3 public charity Humanity Healing International, but there are days where my heart weeps and my soul bleeds by the work we do.

How you can help:

First, keep Shanitah in your hearts and send prayers for the successful rescue of this little girl by Michael and his team from the hands of this monster who is victimizing her. May they find only helpful hands and hearts until Shanitah is safe.

Second, please donate whatever you can. We are a 501c3 public charity. Donations are tax-deductable and 100% of the donations we receive go to the projects. My wife, Liane, and I cover the all operational expenses of the charity ourselves.

Third, sponsor a child. Sponsorship is $30/month - $1 a day - and keeps one of the children with albinism we have rescued in safe schools and cared for. We have far more children than we have sponsors, and we desperately need more open hearts to step forward.

The easiest way to donate or become a sponsor is here through GlobalGiving.

Thank you, and Bless you for your Compassion!

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Location: Asheville, NC - USA
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Project Leader:
Christopher Buck
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