Help 10 Albino Children Saved from Sacrifice

by Humanity Healing International
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Saved from Child Sacrifice
Saved from Child Sacrifice

Child sacrifice is on the rise in Uganda, as witch doctors forced to leave Tanzania relocate in Uganda where they can register as “natural healers.”

 

Triumph

 

Humanity Healing International has rescued another child fated for sacrifice.

A four-year-old boy named Vincent was playing outside of his hut in his village when he was beckoned by his uncle to come to the edge of the brush.  When he got to his uncle, he was by grabbed by two men and women who dragged him into the bush and pinned him to the ground.  They sliced open his neck and started draining his blood into a basin.

Fortunately, a neighbor went to investigate the commotion in the bush and raised the alarm.  The human traffickers fled, leaving the basin and the badly wounded boy behind.  Vincent was rushed to a clinic and received rudimentary care, but the clinic was not capable of the advanced treatment Vincent needed, and his mother did not have the money to take him to the hospital in Kampala.

Meanwhile, like vultures, the human traffickers were circling the area.

Humanity Healing’s Country Director, Michael Sabiiti, received word of Vincent’s plight.  The decision was made to bring the boy into the Albino Rescue Program to provide him with medical care and safety.  An intervention was organized and the team traveled to Vincent’s home village.

Unfortunately, when they arrived, they were told that the boy had succumbed to his wounds and died.

Michael sent the team home, with instructions to pick up two albino girls he had made arrangements to bring into the program.

Meanwhile, Michael followed the faint hint of a rumor and eventually arrived in a remote village where he found Vincent and his mother alive, but in hiding.  The decision had been made by the village elders that the only way to save the boy from the traffickers who were waiting to finish sacrificing him was to fake his death and send mother and child into hiding.

Michael was able to spirit Vincent and his mother to the capital Kampala and admit Vincent into the hospital to receive the medical care he needed.  When healed, Vincent and his mother will be taken to a safe environment and he will be enrolled into a safe school where the lightness of his skin will not mark him for sacrifice.

There are many more children like Vincent.  Humanity Healing’s Albino Rescue Program currently has 52 children attending safe schools and in safe environments.  We need your help to care for the children we have and sto ave more.  An Intervention to rescue a child can be expensive, but sponsoring a child is only $30/month – just $1 a day. 

If you are reading this, you have helped support our ongoing fight against human trafficking.  Thank you!  Bless you for your Compassion!

 

Tragedy

 

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of one of our first rescues, Evelyn, who was 2 years old.  Evelyn died of skin cancer, which children with albinism are highly susceptible to.  Evelyn had been undergoing radiation treatment at the regional hospital, but the equipment broke down and Evelyn and the other patients were discharged as there are no plans to replace the equipment by the government of Uganda.  It was the only equipment of its kind in the country.

Evelyn and her young mother Florence came to our program after she was cast out of her home for “birthing a demon.”  Evelyn was not a demon.  She was a beautiful precious girl who spent her last six-months of life in a painful fight against cancer.  Florence will continue learning to be a seamstress as part of our Pads for Schoolgirls program.

Evelyn brought everyone such joy!
Evelyn brought everyone such joy!
Vincent was saved, but others need your help!
Vincent was saved, but others need your help!

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Meet Gilbert
Meet Gilbert

Gilbert is a 16 years old albino boy. His story is not that uncommon.  He was raised in a home where neither parent had full-time jobs – only temporary ones.  His father was an alcoholic. Because his parents could not afford to give the school fees and requirements, Gilbert was forced to drop out of school at the age of 10. Gilbert was driven out of his home by the violence of the father, and was fortunate to find a job grazing the cows and goats of a rich woman in a nearby village.

 

Gilbert was paid in food. He became frustrated when all his clothes got torn doing his job as a herder and he could not afford to replace or mend them as he was not earning any money in addition to the food.

 

Gilbert was approached by a man from the village who wanted introduce him to another man who had just shown up in the village who claimed he wanted to give Gilbert a job and a lot of money.   He later overheard the man saying that if he would succeed to taking the boy to Tanzania, he would get a lot of money.

 

This scared Gilbert and he ran away to the streets of Kabale.  Unfortunately, it was not any safer in the larger city of Kabale, where he was again pursued by men who wanted to kidnap him.

 

Fortunately for Gilbert, word of him and his situation also made it to Michael Sabiiti, Country Director for Humanity Healing International, who was able to rescue him from his pursuers and place him in the Albino Rescue Program.

 

Gilbert was suffering from Typhoid when rescued.  He was treated and recovered fully.

 

Gilbert is currently happily enrolled in a vocational school where he is learning the trade of auto mechanics, as well as finishing his rudimentary education.

 

Our Gratitude to our friends and sponsors at Global Giving.  Gilbert now has a chance for a safe and productive life thanks to your generosity.

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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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Humanity Healing International

Location: Asheville, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.humanityhealing.org
Project Leader:
Christopher Buck
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